Psalms 33:19

19 to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.

Psalms 33:19 in Other Translations

KJV
19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
ESV
19 that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.
NLT
19 He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine.
MSG
19 He's ready to come to their rescue in bad times; in lean times he keeps body and soul together.
CSB
19 to deliver them from death and to keep them alive in famine.

Psalms 33:19 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 33:19

To deliver their soul from death
Not a corporeal death, for the soul dies not, and is never in any danger of death; and should life, or the whole man, be intended here, yet those that fear the Lord, and hope in his mercy, are not exempted and secured from a corporeal death, but die as other men; though sometimes indeed they are remarkably preserved from death, and even in a time of general calamity; but a spiritual death is meant, which, while in a state of nature, they are under; but, being quickened at conversion, they live spiritually, and are preserved from dying any more in this sense; and also from an eternal death, which shall never harm them, nor have any power over them;

and to keep them alive in famine;
not corporeal, though the Lord does give meat to them that fear him, and sometimes in a miraculous way provides for them; as by sending ravens to feed them, and by increasing the cruse of oil; see ( Isaiah 41:17 Isaiah 41:18 ) ; but spiritual, a famine of hearing the word of the Lord; the Lord prepares a place for his church and people in the wilderness, where they are privately nourished with the word and ordinances, and their souls kept alive, ( Revelation 12:6 Revelation 12:14 ) .

Psalms 33:19 In-Context

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.
21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 56:13; Acts 12:11
  • 2. S Job 5:20