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Psalms 89:14

    Psalms 89:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Justice and judgment are the habitation of your throne: mercy and truth shall go before your face.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Righteousness and justice are the foundation of thy throne: Lovingkindness and truth go before thy face.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The seat of your kingdom is resting on righteousness and right judging: mercy and good faith come before your face.

    Webster's Revision

    Righteousness and justice are the foundation of thy throne: Lovingkindness and truth go before thy face.

    World English Bible

    Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne. Loving kindness and truth go before your face.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Righteousness and judgment are the foundation of thy throne: mercy and truth go before thy face.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 89:14

    Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne - The throne - the government, of God, is founded in righteousness and judgment. He knows what is right; he sees what is right; he does what is right; and his judgments are ever according to righteousness. His decisions are all oracles, no one of them is ever reversed.

    Mercy and truth shall go before thy face - These shall be the heralds that shall announce the coming of the Judge. His truth binds him to fulfill all his declarations; and his mercy shall be shown to all those who have fled for refuge to the hope that is set before them in the Gospel. See the notes on Psalm 85:10, Psalm 85:11.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 89:14

    justice and judgment are the habitation of the throne - Margin, "establishment." The Hebrew word - מכון mâkôn - means properly a place where one stands; then, a foundation or basis. The idea here is, that the throne of God is founded on justice and right judgment; it is this which supports it; his administration is maintained because it is right. This supposes that there is such a thing as right or justice in itself considered, or in the nature of things, and independently of the will of God; that the divine administration will be conformed to that, and will be firm because it is thus conformed to it. Even omnipotent power could not maintain permanently a throne founded on injustice and wrong. Such an administration would sooner or later make its own destruction sure.

    Mercy, and truth shall go before thy face - literally, anticipate thy face; that is, thy goings. Wherever thou dost go, wherever thou dost manifest thyself, there will be mercy and faithfulness. Thy march through the world will be attended with kindness and fidelity. So certain is this, that his coming will, as it were, be anticipated by truth and goodness.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 89:14

    89:14 Justice and judgment - Justice in judging.