Psalm 33:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 33:6, NIV: By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

Psalm 33:6, ESV: By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

Psalm 33:6, KJV: By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

Psalm 33:6, NASB: By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their lights.

Psalm 33:6, NLT: The LORD merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.

Psalm 33:6, CSB: The heavens were made by the word of the Lord, and all the stars, by the breath of his mouth.

What does Psalm 33:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Believers ought to praise the Lord joyfully because He is all-powerful and all-knowing: omnipotent and omniscient. This verse tells us He simply spoke and the heavens came into existence (Genesis 1:1–8; Psalm 33:9). Using similar imagery, David depicts God's breath creating everything which is seen in the heavens. This includes all the stars and planets (Genesis 1:14–19).

Hebrews 11:3 states, "By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible." The breath of God's mouth may refer to the Holy Spirit because the words "breath" and "spirit" translate the same Hebrew root word: ruwach.

In Psalm 8:1 David describes the Lord's name as majestic in all the earth. He reflects on the awe he feels when he looks at the Lord's handiwork revealed in the heavens. He marvels at the moon and the stars that the Lord has set in place (Psalm 8:3).