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Psalms 36:5

    Psalms 36:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Thy lovingkindness, O Jehovah, is in the heavens; Thy faithfulness reacheth unto the skies.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens, and your strong purpose is as high as the clouds.

    Webster's Revision

    Thy lovingkindness, O Jehovah, is in the heavens; Thy faithfulness reacheth unto the skies.

    World English Bible

    Your loving kindness, Yahweh, is in the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Thy lovingkindness, O LORD, is in the heavens; thy faithfulness reacheth unto the skies.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 36:5

    Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens - That is, thou art abundant, infinite in thy mercy; else such transgressors must be immediately cut off; but thy long-suffering is intended to lead them to repentance.

    Thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds - עד שחקים ad shechakim, to the eternal regions; above all visible space. God's faithfulness binds him to fulfill the promises and covenants made by his mercy. Blessings from the heavens, from the clouds, from the earth, are promised by God to his followers; and his faithfullness is in all those places, to distribute to his followers the mercies he has promised.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 36:5

    Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens - This commences the second part of the psalm - the description of the character of God in contrast with the character of the wicked man. The meaning here is, evidently, that the mercy of God is very exalted; to the very heavens, as high as the highest object of which man can conceive. Thus, we speak of virtue as "exalted," or virtue of the "highest kind." The idea is not that the mercy of God is "manifested" in heaven, for, mercy being favor shown to the guilty, there is no occasion for it in heaven; nor is the idea that mercy, as shown to man, has its "origin" in heaven, which is indeed true in itself; but it is, as above explained, that it is of the most exalted nature; that it is as high as man can conceive.

    And thy faithfulness - Thy "truthfulness;" thy fidelity to thy promises and to thy friends.

    Reacheth "unto the clouds." The clouds are among the highest objects. They rise above the loftiest trees, and ascend above the mountains, and seem to lie or roll along the sky. The idea here, therefore, as in the first part of the verse, is, that it is elevated or exalted.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 36:5

    36:5 Thy mercy - Mine enemies are cruel and perfidious, but thou art infinite in mercy, and faithfulness. Heavens - Is infinite and incomprehensible. Faithfulness - The truth both of thy threatenings against thine enemies, and of thy promises made to good men. The clouds - Is far above our reach, greater and higher than we can apprehend.