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Psalms 99:4

    Psalms 99:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The king's strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The king's strength also loves judgment; you do establish equity, you execute judgment and righteousness in Jacob.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The king's strength also loveth justice; Thou dost establish equity; Thou executest justice and righteousness in Jacob.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The king's power is used for righteousness; you give true decisions, judging rightly in the land of Jacob.

    Webster's Revision

    The king's strength also loveth justice; Thou dost establish equity; Thou executest justice and righteousness in Jacob.

    World English Bible

    The King's strength also loves justice. You do establish equity. You execute justice and righteousness in Jacob.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The king's strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.

    Definitions for Psalms 99:4

    Equity - A letter sent.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 99:4

    The king's strength - If this Psalm were written by David, he must mean by it that he was God's vicegerent or deputy, and that, even as king, God was his strength, and the pattern according to which equity, judgment, and righteousness should be executed in Jacob.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 99:4

    The king's strength - The word king here undoubtedly refers to God as a king, Psalm 99:1. The word rendered "strength," means power, force; and the reference here is to what constitutes the main strength or power of his character and government. It is rendered in the Septuagint, τιμή timē - "honor." So in the Latin Vulgate - "honor." DeWette renders it, "The praise of the king who loves judgment." So Rosenmuller, "Let them praise the strength - the power - of the king who loves judgment." But perhaps our common version best expresses the sense, that whatever there is in the character of the "king," that is God, which constitutes strength, or gives power to his administration, is favorable to justice, or will be exerted in the cause of right. God's essential character; all the acts of his power; all the demonstrations of his authority, will be in favor of justice, and may be relied on as sustaining the righteous cause. It is not the "mere" exertion of power - it is power that is always exercised in favor of right; and this lays the foundation of praise. We could not praise a being of "mere" power, or one who was merely "almighty," without respect to his moral character. It is only when the character is such that power will be exerted in favor of that which is right and just that it becomes the proper subject of praise.

    Loveth judgment - Is always on the side of justice and right. He so loves justice that his power will be put forth only in behalf of that which is right. God shows this by his law, and by all the acts of his administration.

    Thou dost establish equity - That which is equal and just; alike by thy law, and by thine interpositions. All that thou doest, and all that thou dost appoint, is in favor of that which is equal and just.

    Thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob - That which is just; that which ought to be done. Thou doest this among thy people; thou doest it in their relation to the surrounding nations. All the acts of thy administration tend to the establishment of that which is right.