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Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

33:18 eye of the LORD. Such references to the physical features of the Lord are not mere “anthropomorphisms,” for God is omnipotent and can certainly assume attributes of the bodies He has created when He so wills. “He that formed the eye, shall He not see?” (Psalm 94:9).

33:18 hope. Deliverance from evil does not come by military power (“the multitude of an host,” Psalm 33:16), manpower (“much strength,” Psalm 33:16), or horsepower (“a horse is a vain thing,” Psalm 33:17), but spiritual power.

Psalm 34 (superscript). The actual name of the Philistine king who drove David away at the time of his feigned madness was Achish (I Samuel 21:10-15). However, Abimelech was a generic title of Philistine kings. See Genesis 20:2 and Genesis 26:1, with footnote on Genesis 20:2.

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