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Psalms 85:13

    Psalms 85:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Righteousness shall go before him, And shall make his footsteps a way to walk in .

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Righteousness will go before him, making a way for his footsteps.

    Webster's Revision

    Righteousness shall go before him, And shall make his footsteps a way to walk in .

    World English Bible

    Righteousness goes before him, And prepares the way for his steps. A Prayer by David.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Righteousness shall go before him; and shall make his footsteps a way to walk in.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 85:13

    Righteousness shall go before him - Perhaps this verse may receive its best solution from Romans 3:25 : "Whom God hath set for a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his Righteousness for the remission of sins that are past." This term the apostle uses to point out God's method of justifying or saving mankind. And this, in the preaching of the pure Gospel, is ever going before to point out the Lord Jesus, and the redemption that is in his blood. And thus going before him, the sinner, who feels his need of salvation, is Set - in the way of his steps; as Bartimeus sat by the way-side begging, by which way Jesus walked; and when he came where he was, heard his prayer, and restored him his sight. Or, righteousness - the pure and holy law of God, must be proclaimed as broken by sinners, and calling aloud for vengeance, before they can see and feel their need of Christ crucified. By the preaching of the law they are prepared to receive the grace of the Gospel.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 85:13

    Righteousness shall go before him - Shall anticipate his coming, and prepare his way. The idea seems to be, that in order to his appearing, there would be a proclamation of righteousness, and a preparation for his advent by the diffusion of righteousness among the people; in other words, the nation, in the prospect of his coming, would turn from sin, and would seek to be prepared for his appearing. Thus John proclaimed the coining of the Redeemer, "Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 3:2. So also "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." Matthew 3:3.

    And shall set us in the way of his steps - This might be rendered, "and set its steps for a way;" that is, the steps which would be taken by him would indicate the way in which his people should walk. Perhaps, however, the common interpretation best expresses the sense of the passage. According to that, the idea is, that the effect of his coming would be to dispose people to walk in the way of the steps which he took; to be his imitators and followers. The general thought is, that his coming would have the effect of turning the people to the paths of righteousness and truth. This is the designed effect of all the visitations of God to our world.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 85:13

    85:13 Before him - As his harbinger. He shall fulfil all righteousness, he shall satisfy the righteousness of God, and shall advance righteousness and holiness among men. Set us - Shall cause us to walk in those righteous ways wherein he walketh.