Psalms 33:18

18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

Psalms 33:18 in Other Translations

KJV
18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
ESV
18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,
NLT
18 But the LORD watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love.
MSG
18 Watch this: God's eye is on those who respect him, the ones who are looking for his love.
CSB
18 Now the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him- those who depend on His faithful love

Psalms 33:18 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 33:18

Behold, the eye of the Lord [is] upon them that fear him
Not with dread of his wrath, or distrust of his grace, or for sinister ends and selfish views, but with a godly fear; by which men hate evil, depart from it, are careful not to offend God by it, but to serve and worship him; on such is not only his eye of Providence to protect from danger, to supply with the necessaries of life, but of love and grace; he looks upon them with delight and pleasure; his eye is upon them to watch over them for good, to guard them from every enemy, and from all evil, and to communicate to them every needful measure of grace;

upon them that hope in his mercy;
not his absolute mercy, but his special mercy in Christ; which appears in the provision of him as a Saviour, in the mission of him into this world, and redemption by him; and is displayed in regeneration, the pardon of sin, and eternal life: and such that hope in it are they that see themselves miserable creatures, and in need of it; and who are encouraged to hope in it from the plenty and abundance of it in the heart of God; and from the many instances of it among men, and even some the chief of sinners; and they do hope in it for the forgiveness of their sins, and for salvation and eternal glory; and on these the eye of the Lord is, as before,

Psalms 33:18 In-Context

16 No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.
20 We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Exodus 3:16; S Psalms 11:4; 1 Peter 3:12; Job 36:7; Psalms 34:15
  • 2. S Psalms 6:4; Psalms 147:11