Psalm 19:9
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New International Version
The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous.

New Living Translation
Reverence for the LORD is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the LORD are true; each one is fair.

English Standard Version
the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.

New American Standard Bible
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.

King James Bible
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are reliable and altogether righteous.

International Standard Version
The fear of the LORD is clean, standing forever. The judgments of the LORD are true; they are altogether righteous.

NET Bible
The commands to fear the LORD are right and endure forever. The judgments given by the LORD are trustworthy and absolutely just.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The awe of Lord Jehovah is pure and stands to eternity; the judgments of Lord Jehovah are in truth and are just in everything.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The fear of the LORD is pure. It endures forever. The decisions of the LORD are true. They are completely fair.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever; the rights of the LORD are true, they are all just.

King James 2000 Bible
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

American King James Version
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

American Standard Version
The fear of Jehovah is clean, enduring for ever: The ordinances of Jehovah are true, and righteous altogether.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The fear of the Lord is holy, enduring for ever and ever: the judgments of the Lord are true, justified in themselves.

Darby Bible Translation
The fear of Jehovah is clean, enduring for ever; the judgments of Jehovah are truth, they are righteous altogether:

English Revised Version
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.

Webster's Bible Translation
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

World English Bible
The fear of Yahweh is clean, enduring forever. Yahweh's ordinances are true, and righteous altogether.

Young's Literal Translation
The fear of Jehovah is clean, standing to the age, The judgments of Jehovah are true, They have been righteous -- together.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

19:7-10 The Holy Scripture is of much greater benefit to us than day or night, than the air we breathe, or the light of the sun. To recover man out of his fallen state, there is need of the word of God. The word translated law, may be rendered doctrine, and be understood as meaning all that teaches us true religion. The whole is perfect; its tendency is to convert or turn the soul from sin and the world, to God and holiness. It shows our sinfulness and misery in departing from God, and the necessity of our return to him. This testimony is sure, to be fully depended on: the ignorant and unlearned believing what God saith, become wise unto salvation. It is a sure direction in the way of duty. It is a sure fountain of living comforts, and a sure foundation of lasting hopes. The statues of the Lord are right, just as they should be; and, because they are right, they rejoice the heart. The commandments of the Lord are pure, holy, just, and good. By them we discover our need of a Saviour; and then learn how to adorn his gospel. They are the means which the Holy Spirit uses in enlightening the eyes; they bring us to a sight and sense of our sin and misery, and direct us in the way of duty. The fear of the Lord, that is, true religion and godliness, is clean, it will cleanse our way; and it endureth for ever. The ceremonial law is long since done away, but the law concerning the fear of God is ever the same. The judgments of the Lord, his precepts, are true; they are righteous, and they are so altogether; there is no unrighteousness in any of them. Gold is only for the body, and the concerns of time; but grace is for the soul, and the concerns of eternity. The word of God, received by faith, is more precious than gold; it is sweet to the soul, sweeter than honey. The pleasure of sense soon surfeit, yet never satisfy; but those of religion are substantial and satisfying; there is no danger of excess.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever. Hengstenberg explains "the fear of the Lord" in this place as "the instruction afforded by God for fearing him." And certainly, unless we adopt some such explanation, we shall find it difficult to account for the intrusion of the clause into its present position. The Law, the testimony, the statutes (or precepts), the commandment (vers. 7, 8), and the judgments (ver. 9), are external to man, objective; the fear of the Lord. as commonly understood, is internal, subjective, a "settled habit of his soul." It is not a thing of the same kind with the other five nominatives, and appears out of place among them. Hence it seems best, with Professor Alexander, to adopt Hengstenberg's explanation. The Law, viewed as teaching the fear of God, is undoubtedly "clean " - i.e. pure, perfect - and "endures for ever," or is of perpetual obligation. The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. In "judgments" we have another of the recognized synonyms for the entire Law (Psalm 119:7, 13, 43, 52, 62), which is from first to last "exceeding righteous and true" (Psalm 119:138, Prayer-book Version).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The fear of the Lord is clean,.... Still the word of God is intended, which teaches men to fear the Lord; gives a full account of the worship of God, which is often meant by the fear of God; it instructs in the matter and manner of worship; and nothing more powerfully engages to serve the Lord with reverence and godly fear than the Gospel does: and this is "clean"; and the doctrines of it direct to the blood of Christ, which cleanses from all sin, and to the righteousness of Christ, the fine linen, clean and white; the promises of it put the saints on cleansing themselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit; and the whole of it is the word of truth, by which God and Christ sanctify the church and the members of it, John 15:2. And this word is

enduring for ever; the law is done away; the ceremonial law entirely, and the moral law, as a covenant of works, and as to the ministration of it by Moses; but the Gospel continues; it is an everlasting one; it endures for ever, notwithstanding all the opposition made to it by open persecution, or false teachers;

the judgments of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether; "the judgments of the Lord" are the same with "the word of God", as appears from Psalm 119:25; and these seem to design that part of the word, which contains rules of God's judging and governing his people; or the laws, orders, and ordinances of Christ in his house, which his people should observe, and yield a cheerful obedience to, he being their King, Judge, and Lawgiver: and these are "true", or "truth" (g) itself; being wisely made, according to the truth of things, and agreeable to the holiness and righteousness of God, and so righteous; not at all grievous, but easy, pleasant, and delightful, one and all of them.

(g) "veritas", Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius, Gejerus, Rivetus.



Psalm 19:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Heavens Declare the Glory of God
8The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. 10They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.…
Cross References
Revelation 19:2
for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants."

Psalm 111:8
They are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.

Psalm 119:138
The statutes you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy.

Psalm 119:142
Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true.

Psalm 119:144
Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding that I may live.

Zephaniah 3:15
The LORD has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.
Treasury of Scripture

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

The fear

Psalm 34:11-14 Come, you children, listen to me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD…

Psalm 36:1 The transgression of the wicked said within my heart, that there …

Psalm 115:13 He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.

Genesis 22:12 And he said, Lay not your hand on the lad, neither do you any thing …

Genesis 42:18 And Joseph said to them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:

1 Samuel 12:24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for …

1 Kings 18:3,4,12 And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now …

Nehemiah 5:15 But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable …

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the …

Acts 10:22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that …

Romans 3:10-18 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one…

enduring

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding …

Psalm 112:1-6 Praise you the LORD. Blessed is the man that fears the LORD, that …

judgments

Psalm 10:5 His ways are always grievous; your judgments are far above out of …

Psalm 36:6 Your righteousness is like the great mountains; your judgments are …

Psalm 72:1,2 Give the king your judgments, O God, and your righteousness to the king's son…

Psalm 119:7,39,62,75,106,137,138,142,1 I will praise you with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned …

Psalm 147:19 He shows his word to Jacob, his statutes and his judgments to Israel.

Exodus 21:1 Now these are the judgments which you shall set before them.

Deuteronomy 4:8 And what nation is there so great, that has statutes and judgments …

Isaiah 26:8 Yes, in the way of your judgments, O LORD, have we waited for you; …

Romans 2:2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against …

Romans 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which …

Revelation 15:3 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 …

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