Psalm 119:137
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New International Version
You are righteous, LORD, and your laws are right.

New Living Translation
O LORD, you are righteous, and your regulations are fair.

English Standard Version
Righteous are you, O LORD, and right are your rules.

New American Standard Bible
Righteous are You, O LORD, And upright are Your judgments.

King James Bible
TZADDI. Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.

Christian Standard Bible
You are righteous, LORD, and your judgments are just.

Contemporary English Version
Our LORD, you always do right, and your decisions are fair.

Good News Translation
You are righteous, LORD, and your laws are just.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You are righteous, LORD, and Your judgments are just.

International Standard Version
LORD, you are righteous, and your judgments are right.

NET Bible
You are just, O LORD, and your judgments are fair.

New Heart English Bible
TZADE. You are righteous, LORD. Your judgments are upright.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
TSADHE- You are righteous, Lord Jehovah, and your legal judgments are very upright.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You are righteous, O LORD, and your regulations are fair.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Righteous art Thou, O LORD, And upright are Thy judgments.

New American Standard 1977
Righteous art Thou, O LORD, And upright are Thy judgments.

Jubilee Bible 2000
TZADDI. Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.

King James 2000 Bible
Righteous are you, O LORD, and upright are your judgments.

American King James Version
Righteous are you, O LORD, and upright are your judgments.

American Standard Version
TSADHE. Righteous art thou, O Jehovah, And upright are thy judgments.

Douay-Rheims Bible
[SADE] Thou art just, O Lord: and thy judgment is right.

Darby Bible Translation
TZADE. Righteous art thou, Jehovah, and upright are thy judgments.

English Revised Version
TZADE. Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.

Webster's Bible Translation
TSADDI. Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.

World English Bible
You are righteous, Yahweh. Your judgments are upright.

Young's Literal Translation
Tzade. Righteous art Thou, O Jehovah, And upright are Thy judgments.
Study Bible
Thy Word
136My eyes shed streams of water, Because they do not keep Your law. Tsadhe. 137Righteous are You, O LORD, And upright are Your judgments. 138You have commanded Your testimonies in righteousness And exceeding faithfulness.…
Cross References
Ezra 9:15
"O LORD God of Israel, You are righteous, for we have been left an escaped remnant, as it is this day; behold, we are before You in our guilt, for no one can stand before You because of this."

Nehemiah 9:33
"However, You are just in all that has come upon us; For You have dealt faithfully, but we have acted wickedly.

Psalm 116:5
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Yes, our God is compassionate.

Psalm 129:4
The LORD is righteous; He has cut in two the cords of the wicked.

Psalm 145:17
The LORD is righteous in all His ways And kind in all His deeds.

Jeremiah 12:1
Righteous are You, O LORD, that I would plead my case with You; Indeed I would discuss matters of justice with You: Why has the way of the wicked prospered? Why are all those who deal in treachery at ease?

Lamentations 1:18
"The LORD is righteous; For I have rebelled against His command; Hear now, all peoples, And behold my pain; My virgins and my young men Have gone into captivity.

Daniel 9:7
"Righteousness belongs to You, O Lord, but to us open shame, as it is this day-- to the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those who are nearby and those who are far away in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of their unfaithful deeds which they have committed against You.

Daniel 9:14
"Therefore the LORD has kept the calamity in store and brought it on us; for the LORD our God is righteous with respect to all His deeds which He has done, but we have not obeyed His voice.
Treasury of Scripture

Righteous are you, O LORD, and upright are your judgments.

Psalm 99:4 The king's strength also loves judgment; you do establish equity, …

Psalm 103:6 The LORD executes righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

Psalm 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: …

Ezra 9:15 O LORD God of Israel, you are righteous: for we remain yet escaped, …

Nehemiah 9:33 However, you are just in all that is brought on us; for you have …

Jeremiah 12:1 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk …

Daniel 9:7,14 O LORD, righteousness belongs to you, but to us confusion of faces, …

Romans 2:5 But after your hardness and impenitent heart treasure up to yourself …

Romans 3:5,6 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what …

Romans 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

Revelation 15:3,4 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song …

Revelation 16:7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, …

Revelation 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he has judged the great …


(137) And upright.--For an interesting historical association with this verse see Gibbon's account of the death of the Emperor Maurice (chap 46).

Verse 137. - Righteous art thou, O Lord (comp. Psalm 7:9; Psalm 11:7; Psalm 25:8; Psalm 116:5; Psalm 145:17). And upright are thy judgments (see vers. 106, 160, 164). TZADDI.--The Eighteenth Part.

TZADDI. Righteous art thou, O Lord,.... Essentially, originally, and of himself; naturally, immutably, and universally, in all his ways and works of nature and grace; in his thoughts, purposes, counsels, and decrees; in all the dispensations of his providence; in redemption, in the justification of a sinner, in the pardon of sin, and in the gift of eternal life through Christ;

and upright are thy judgments; they are according to the rules of justice and equity; the precepts of the word, the doctrines of the Gospel, as well as the judgments of God inflicted on wicked men, and all the providential dealings of God with his people, and also the final judgment. 137 Righteous art thou, O Lord, and upright are thy judgments.

138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.

139 My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.

140 Thy word is very pure - therefore thy servant loveth it.

141 I am small and despised, yet do not I forget thy precepts.

142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.

143 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me - yet thy commandments are my delights.

144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting, give me understanding, and I shall live.

This passage deals with the perfect righteousness of Jehovah and his word, and expresses the struggles of a holy soul in reference to that righteousness. The initial letter with which every verse commences sounds like the Hebrew word for righteousness: our keynote is righteousness.

Psalm 119:137

"Righteous art thou, O Lord." The Psalmist has not often used the name of Jehovah in this vast composition. The whole Psalm shows him to have been a deeply religious man, thoroughly familiar with the things of God; and such persons never use the holy name of God carelessly, nor do they even use it at all frequently in comparison with the thoughtless and the ungodly. Familiarity begets reverence in this case. Here he uses the sacred name in worship. He praises God by ascribing to him perfect righteousness. God is always right, and he is always actively right, that is, righteous. This quality is bound up in our very idea of God. We cannot imagine an unrighteous God. "And upright are thy judgments." Here he extols God's word, or recorded judgments, as being right, even as their Author is righteous. That which comes from the righteous God is itself righteous. Jehovah both saith and doth that which is right, and that alone. This is a great stay to the soul in time of trouble. When we are most sorely afflicted, and cannot see the reason for the dispensation, we may fall back upon this most sure and certain fact, that God is righteous, and his dealings with us are righteous too. It should be our glory to sing this brave confession when all things around us appear to suggest the contrary. This is the richest adoration - this which rises from the lips of faith when carnal reason utters about undue severity, and the like.

Psalm 119:138

"Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful." All that which God hath testified in his word is right and truthful. It is righteous, and may be relied upon for the present; it is faithful, and may be trusted in for the future. About every portion of the inspired testimonies there is a divine authority, they are issued and published by God's command, and they bear the impress of the royal style which carries omnipotence about it. Not only the precepts but the promises also are commanded of the Lord, and so are all the teachings of Scripture. It is not left to our choice whether we will accept them or no; they are issued by royal command, and are not to be questioned. Their characteristic is that they are like the Lord who has proclaimed them, they are the essence of justice and the soul of truth. God's word is righteous and cannot be impeached; it is faithful and cannot be questioned; it is true from the beginning, and it will be true unto the end.

Dwell upon that sweet word - "very faithful." What a mercy that we have a God to deal with who is scrupulously faithful, true to all the items and details of his promises, punctual to time, steadfast during all time. Well may we risk all upon a word which is "ever faithful, ever sure."

continued...TZADDI. (Ps 119:137-144).

137-139. God's justice and faithfulness in His government aggravate the neglect of the wicked, and more excite the lively zeal of His people.119:137-144 God never did, and never can do wrong to any. The promises are faithfully performed by Him that made them. Zeal against sin should constrain us to do what we can against it, at least to do more in religion ourselves. Our love to the word of God is evidence of our love to God, because it is designed to make us partake his holiness. Men's real excellency always makes them low in their own eyes. When we are small and despised, we have the more need to remember God's precepts, that we may have them to support us. The law of God is the truth, the standard of holiness, the rule of happiness; but the obedience of Christ alone justifies the believer. Sorrows are often the lot of saints in this vale of tears; they are in heaviness through manifold temptations. There are delights in the word of God, which the saints often most sweetly enjoy when in trouble and anguish. This is life eternal, to know God and Jesus Christ whom he has sent, Joh 17:3. May we live the life of faith and grace here, and be removed to the life of glory hereafter.
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