Psalm 33:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 33:10, NIV: The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.

Psalm 33:10, ESV: The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples.

Psalm 33:10, KJV: The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.

Psalm 33:10, NASB: The LORD nullifies the plan of nations; He frustrates the plans of peoples.

Psalm 33:10, NLT: The LORD frustrates the plans of the nations and thwarts all their schemes.

Psalm 33:10, CSB: The Lord frustrates the counsel of the nations; he thwarts the plans of the peoples.

What does Psalm 33:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

God deserves joyful praise (Psalm 33:1–9) because He is sovereign: in complete and utter control. The plots of humanity's most powerful civilizations are no match for Him. Isaiah 40:15 declares: "Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales." Psalm 2:1–3 depicts countries rebelling against the Lord and His anointed Messiah. However, all the military and economic might of earthly cultures cannot topple God from His throne. He views their rebellion as laughable (Psalm 2:4). He will defeat their attempts and respond with wrath and judgment (Psalm 2:5). Revelation 19 describes this end-times international revolt and the Lord's decisive judgment. Verse 15 indicates that Jesus Christ will return to earth and "tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty" (Revelation 19:15).

God sometimes allows humanity to make choices contrary to His commands (Genesis 3; Deuteronomy 30:19; Matthew 19:8). Yet nothing happens in defiance of His permission. Nothing in creation can overpower Him or defeat His plans (Job 42:2; Isaiah 14:27; Isaiah 46:9–10).