Psalms 66:7

7 He rules forever by his power, his eyes watch the nations— let not the rebellious rise up against him.

Psalms 66:7 in Other Translations

KJV
7 He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
ESV
7 who rules by his might forever, whose eyes keep watch on the nations-- let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah
NLT
7 For by his great power he rules forever. He watches every movement of the nations; let no rebel rise in defiance. Interlude
MSG
7 Ever sovereign in his high tower, he keeps his eye on the godless nations. Rebels don't dare raise a finger against him.
CSB
7 He rules forever by His might; He keeps His eye on the nations. The rebellious should not exalt themselves. Selah

Psalms 66:7 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 66:7

He ruleth by his power forever
Christ is the Ruler in Israel, King over his holy hill of Zion; who must reign till all enemies are put under his feet. He rules in the kingdom of nature and providence by his power, and does whatsoever he pleases; nor can any stay his hand. He rules in the kingdom of grace, in the hearts of his people, by his efficacious grace; which makes them willing, in the day of his power, to be subject to him; and in the latter day he will take to himself his great power and reign, when he will be King for ever. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, it shall never be subverted nor usurped; nor will he in it be succeeded by another; he will reign to the end of the world, throughout the thousand years, with his saints on earth, and then with them in heaven for evermore. The Targum renders it,

``over the world;''

over the whole world; for Christ will be King over all the earth in the latter day, ( Zechariah 14:9 ) ;

his eyes behold the nations;
the antichristian states. He sees all the idolatry and wickedness committed in them; and his eyes will be as flames of fire to destroy them, when the time is come. The allusion is to God's looking through the pillar of fire and cloud upon the Egyptians in the Red sea, and troubling them, ( Exodus 14:24 ) ;

let not the rebellious exalt themselves.
That are rebels against Christ, would not have him to reign over them; antichrist, who exalts himself above all that is called God, and all his followers. Or, "they shall not exalt themselves" F1: or, as the Targum,

``they shall not be exalted in themselves for ever;''

see ( Revelation 18:7 Revelation 18:8 ) .

Selah; on this word, (See Gill on Psalms 3:2).


FOOTNOTES:

F1 (wml wmyry la) "haudquaquam sese exultabunt", Tigurine version, Musculus, & Gejerus.

Psalms 66:7 In-Context

5 Come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind!
6 He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the waters on foot— come, let us rejoice in him.
7 He rules forever by his power, his eyes watch the nations— let not the rebellious rise up against him.
8 Praise our God, all peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard;
9 he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Exodus 15:18; Psalms 145:13
  • 2. S Exodus 3:16; S Psalms 11:4
  • 3. S Numbers 17:10; Psalms 112:10; Psalms 140:8