Psalm 119:89
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.

New Living Translation
Your eternal word, O LORD, stands firm in heaven.

English Standard Version
Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.

New American Standard Bible
Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.

King James Bible
LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
LORD, Your word is forever; it is firmly fixed in heaven.

International Standard Version
Your word is forever, LORD; it is firmly established in heaven.

NET Bible
O LORD, your instructions endure; they stand secure in heaven.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
LAMED- You are to eternity, Lord Jehovah, and your word stands in Heaven.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O LORD, your word is established in heaven forever.

Jubilee Bible 2000
LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in the heavens.

King James 2000 Bible
Forever, O LORD, your word is settled in heaven.

American King James Version
For ever, O LORD, your word is settled in heaven.

American Standard Version
For ever, O Jehovah, Thy word is settled in heaven.

Douay-Rheims Bible
[LAMED] For ever, O Lord, thy word standeth firm in heaven.

Darby Bible Translation
LAMED. For ever, O Jehovah, thy word is settled in the heavens.

English Revised Version
LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

Webster's Bible Translation
LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

World English Bible
Yahweh, your word is settled in heaven forever.

Young's Literal Translation
Lamed. To the age, O Jehovah, Thy word is set up in the heavens.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

119:89-96 The settling of God's word in heaven, is opposed to the changes and revolutions of the earth. And the engagements of God's covenant are established more firmly than the earth itself. All the creatures answer the ends of their creation: shall man, who alone is endued with reason, be the only unprofitable burden of the earth? We may make the Bible a pleasant companion at any time. But the word, without the grace of God, would not quicken us. See the best help for bad memories, namely, good affections; and though the exact words be lost, if the meaning remain, that is well. I am thine, not my own, not the world's; save me from sin, save me from ruin. The Lord will keep the man in peace, whose mind is stayed on him. It is poor perfection which one sees and end of. Such are all things in this world, which pass for perfections. The glory of man is but as the flower of the grass. The psalmist had seen the fulness of the word of God, and its sufficiency. The word of the Lord reaches to all cases, to all times. It will take us from all confidence in man, or in our own wisdom, strength, and righteousness. Thus shall we seek comfort and happiness from Christ alone.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 89. - Forever, O Lord, thy Word is settled in heaven. God's Word, or Law, is eternal and unchanging - fixed and established forever in the heaven of heavens (comp. Psalm 89:2; James 1:17).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

LAMED.--The Twelfth Part.

LAMED. For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. The Syriac version makes two propositions of these words, rendering them thus, "for ever thou art, O Lord; and thy word stands", or "is firm in heaven": and which agrees with the accents: the first of which is expressive of the eternity and immutability of God; and the other of the stability of his word: it is true of the essential Word of God, who was with God from all eternity; in time came down from heaven indeed to earth, and did his work, and then went to heaven again; where he is and will remain, until the times of the restitution of all things. The decrees and purposes of God, what he has said in his heart that he will do, these are firm and sure; these counsels of old are faithfulness and truth; they are mountains of brass settled for ever, and more unalterable than the decrees of the Medes and Persians. The revealed will of God, his word of command, made known to angels in heaven, is regarded, hearkened to, and done by them: the word of the Gospel, published in the church, which is sometimes called heaven, is the everlasting Gospel, the word of God, which lives and abides for ever; what remains and will remain, in spite of all the opposition of men and devils. The word of promise in the covenant made in heaven is sure to all the seed; everyone of the promises is yea and amen in Christ, and as stable as the heavens, and more so; "heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away", Matthew 24:35; The firmness of God's word is seen in the upholding and continuing the heavens by the word of his power, by which they were first made; and the certainty of the divine promises is illustrated by the perpetuity of the ordinances of heaven; see Jeremiah 31:35.

The Treasury of David

89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.

90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.

91 They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.

92 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.

93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.

94 I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts.

95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.

96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

Psalm 119:89

"For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven." The strain is more joyful, for experience has given the sweet singer a comfortable knowledge of the word of the Lord, and this makes a glad theme. After tossing about on a sea of trouble the Psalmist here leaps to shore and stands upon a rock. Jehovah's word is not fickle nor uncertain; it is settled, determined, fixed, sure, immovable. Man's teachings change so often that there is never time for them to be settled; but the Lord's word is from of old the same, and will remain unchanged eternally. Some men are never happier than when they are unsettling everything and everybody; but God's mind is not with them. The power and glory of heaven have confirmed each sentence which the mouth of the Lord has spoken, and so confirmed it that to all eternity it must stand the same, - settled in heaven, where nothing can reach it. In the former section David's soul fainted, but here the good man looks out of self and perceives that the Lord fainteth not, neither is weary, neither is there any failure in his word.

The verse takes the form of an ascription of praise: the faithfulness and immutability of God are fit themes for holy song, and when we are tired with gazing upon the shifting scene of this life, the thought of the immutable promise fills our mouth with singing. God's purposes, promises, and precepts are all settled in his own mind, and none of them shall be disturbed. Covenant settlements will not be removed, however unsettled the thoughts of men may become; let us therefore settle it in our minds that we abide in the faith of our Jehovah as long as we have any being.

Psalm 119:90

"Thy faithfulness is unto all generations." This is an additional glory: God is not affected by the lapse of ages; he is not only faithful to one man throughout his lifetime, but to his children's children after him, yea, and to all generations so long as they keep his covenant and remember his commandments to do them. The promises are ancient things, yet they are not worn out by centuries of use, for the divine faithfulness endureth for ever. He who succoured his servants thousands of years ago still shows himself strong on the behalf of all them that trust in him. "Thou hast established the earth, and it abideth." Nature is governed by fixed laws; the globe keeps its course by the divine command, and displays no erratic movements: the seasons observe their predestined order, the sea obeys the rule of ebb and flow, and all things else are marshalled in their appointed order. There is an analogy between the word of God and the works of God, and specially in this, that they are both of them constant, fixed, and unchangeable. God's word which established the world is the same as that which he has embodied in the Scriptures; by the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and specially by him who is emphatically THE WORD. When we see the world keeping its place and all its laws abiding the same, we have herein assurance that the Lord will be faithful to his covenant, and will not allow the faith of his people to be put to shame. If the earth abideth the spiritual creation will abide; if God's word suffices to establish the world surely it is enough for the establishment of the individual believer.

Psalm 119:91

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Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

LAMED. (Ps 119:89-96).

89-91. In all changes God's Word remains firm (1Pe 1:25). Like the heavens, it continually attests God's unfailing power and unchanging care (Ps 89:2).

is settled in—that is, stands as firmly as the heaven in which it dwells, and whence it emanated.

Psalm 119:89 Additional Commentaries
Context
Thy Word
88Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth. Lamedh. 89Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven. 90Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands.…
Cross References
Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

1 Peter 1:25
but the word of the Lord endures forever." And this is the word that was preached to you.

Psalm 89:2
I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

Psalm 119:88
In your unfailing love preserve my life, that I may obey the statutes of your mouth.

Psalm 119:152
Long ago I learned from your statutes that you established them to last forever.

Psalm 119:160
All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.

Isaiah 40:8
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever."
Treasury of Scripture

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Psalm 119:152,160 Concerning your testimonies, I have known of old that you have founded …

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Matthew 5:18 For truly I say to you, Till heaven and earth pass, one stroke or …

Matthew 24:34,35 Truly I say to you, This generation shall not pass, till all these …

1 Peter 1:25 But the word of the Lord endures for ever. And this is the word which …

2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and …

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