New International Version
Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
New Living Translation
Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
English Standard Version
Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
New American Standard Bible
Your lovingkindness, O LORD, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
King James Bible
Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
LORD, Your faithful love reaches to heaven, Your faithfulness to the clouds.
International Standard Version
Your gracious love, LORD, reaches to the heavens; your truth extends to the skies.
O LORD, your loyal love reaches to the sky; your faithfulness to the clouds.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah in Heaven, your mercies and your faithfulness are unto the Heaven of Heavens!
GOD'S WORD® Translation
O LORD, your mercy reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
JPS Tanakh 1917
Thy lovingkindness, O LORD, is in the heavens; Thy faithfulness reacheth unto the skies.
New American Standard 1977
Thy lovingkindness, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
Thy faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Jubilee Bible 2000
Thy mercy, O LORD, reaches unto the heavens, and thy truth reaches unto the clouds.
King James 2000 Bible
Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and your faithfulness reaches unto the clouds.
American King James Version
Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
American Standard Version
Thy lovingkindness, O Jehovah, is in the heavens; Thy faithfulness reacheth unto the skies.
O Lord, thy mercy is in heaven, and thy truth reacheth, even to the clouds.
Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah, thy loving-kindness is in the heavens, and thy faithfulness [reacheth] unto the clouds.
English Revised Version
Thy lovingkindness, O LORD, is in the heavens; thy faithfulness reacheth unto the skies.
Webster's Bible Translation
Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth to the clouds.
World English Bible
Your loving kindness, Yahweh, is in the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Young's Literal Translation
O Jehovah, in the heavens is Thy kindness, Thy faithfulness is unto the clouds.
Parallel CommentariesMatthew Henry's Concise Commentary
36:5-12 Men may shut up their compassion, yet, with God we shall find mercy. This is great comfort to all believers, plainly to be seen, and not to be taken away. God does all wisely and well; but what he does we know not now, it is time enough to know hereafter. God's loving-kindness is precious to the saints. They put themselves under his protection, and then are safe and easy. Gracious souls, though still desiring more of God, never desire more than God. The gifts of Providence so far satisfy them, that they are content with such things as they have. The benefit of holy ordinances is sweet to a sanctified soul, and strengthening to the spiritual and Divine life. But full satisfaction is reserved for the future state. Their joys shall be constant. God not only works in them a gracious desire for these pleasures, but by his Spirit fills their souls with joy and peace in believing. He quickens whom he will; and whoever will, may come, and take from him of the waters of life freely. May we know, and love, and uprightly serve the Lord; then no proud enemy, on earth or from hell, shall separate us from his love. Faith calleth things that are not, as though they were. It carries us forward to the end of time; it shows us the Lord, on his throne of judgment; the empire of sin fallen to rise no more.
Verse 5. - Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens. Instead of the usual contrast between the wicked man and the godly one (Psalm 1:1-6; Psalm 4:2, 3; Psalm 5:10, 11, etc.), the psalmist here makes the startling contrast between the wicked man and God! The character of the wicked man is given in four verses (vers. 1-4), the portrait of God in five (vers. 5-9). God's first and principal characteristic is "mercy" - or rather, "loving-kindness" (חסר). This quality is revealed, not on earth only, but also in heaven, towards the angels. Thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Next to loving-kindness in God comes "faithfulness" - fidelity to every promise that he has ever made, unswerving attachment to those whom he has once loved, undeviating maintenance of the truth (comp. Psalm 57:10; Psalm 108:4).
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens,.... Meaning either the general mercy of God the earth is full of, and extends to all creatures; to which it is owing that wicked men before described are not consumed; and which reaches "up to the heavens" (d), as the words are by some rendered, as their sins do; see Psalm 57:10; or the special mercy of God, and regards not the objects of it, creatures in heaven; for there at, none there proper objects of mercy; but the seat of it, the heart of God, who is in heaven; or the repository of it, the covenant of grace, which is full of the sure mercies of David; and of mercy there was a most glaring instance, when the son of God was sent down from heaven, to obtain salvation for sinful men; or it may denote the original of it, the heaven, being, as Aben Ezra observes some Jewish interpreters say, the fountain of mercy, and the spring of truth; or the greatness and abundance of it, it being as high as heaven, yea, above it; see Psalm 103:11;
and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds; which lies in the execution of his purposes, whose counsels of old were faithfulness and truth; and in keeping his covenant and promises; he never changes his mind, nor forgets his word; he is a God of truth, and cannot lie; he knows the end from the beginning; no unforeseen event can turn up to hinder the performance of what he has purposed and promised, and he is able to perform; nor does ever any of the good things he has spoken of fail: though his faithfulness sometimes seems to be not only to the clouds, but in them, and out of sight; providences seem to clash with promises, which make unbelief to say, doth his promise fail for evermore? yet, though we believe not, he abides faithful, Psalm 77:8, 2 Timothy 2:13.
(d) "usque ad coelos", Pagninus, Musculus, Muis, Piscator, Gejerus, Michaelis; so Kimchi & Noldius, p. 164. No. 744. & Ainsworth.
The Treasury of David
5 Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.
7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
From the baseness of the wicked the Psalmist turns his contemplation to the glory of God. Contrasts are impressive.
"Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens." Like the ethereal blue, it encompasses the whole earth, smiling upon universal nature, acting as a canopy for all the creatures of earth, surmounting the loftiest peaks of human provocations, and rising high above the mists of mortal transgression. Clear sky is evermore above, and mercy calmly smiles above the din and smoke of this poor world. Darkness and clouds are but of earth's lower atmosphere: the heavens are evermore serene, and bright with innumerable stars. Divine mercy abides in its vastness of expanse, and matchless patience, all unaltered by the rebellions of man. When we can measure the heavens, then shall we bound the mercy of the Lord. Towards his own servants especially, in the salvation of the Lord Jesus, he has displayed grace higher than the heaven of heavens, and wider than the universe. O that the atheist could but see this, how earnestly would he long to become a servant of Jehovah! "Thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds." Far, far above all comprehension is the truth and faithfulness of God. He never fails, nor forgets, nor falters, nor forfeits his word. Afflictions are like clouds, but the divine truthfulness is all around them. While we are under the cloud we are in the region of God's faithfulness; when we mount above it we shall not need such an assurance. To every word of threat, or promise, prophecy or covenant, the Lord has exactly adhered, for he is not a man that he should lie, nor the son of man that he should repent.
"Thy righteousness is like the great mountains." Firm and unmoved, lofty and sublime. As winds and hurricanes shake not an Alp, so the righteousness of God is never in any degree affected by circumstances; he is always just. Who can bribe the Judge of all the earth, or who can, by threatening, compel him to pervert judgment? Not even to save his elect would the Lord suffer his righteousness to be set aside. No awe inspired by mountain scenery can equal that which fills the soul when it beholds the Son of God slain as a victim to vindicate the justice of the Inflexible Lawgiver. Right across the path of every unholy man who dreams of heaven stand the towering Andes of divine righteousness, which no unregenerate sinner can ever climb. Among great mountains lie slumbering avalanches, and there the young lightnings try their callow wings until the storm rushes down amain from the awful peaks; so against the great day of the Lord's wrath the Lord has laid up in the mountains of his righteousness dreadful ammunition of war with which to overwhelm his adversaries. "Thy judgments are a great deep." God's dealings with men are not to be fathomed by every boaster who demands to see a why for every wherefore. The Lord is not to be questioned by us as to why this and why that. He has reasons, but he does not choose to submit them to our foolish consideration. Far and wide, terrible and irresistible like the ocean are the providential dispensations of God: at one time they appear as peaceful as the unrippled sea of glass; at another tossed with tempest and whirlwind, but evermore most glorious and full of mystery. Who shall discover the springs of the sea? He who shall do this may hope to comprehend the providence of the Eternal.
Into thy dark, unknown, mysterious caves,
And secret haunts unfathomably deep,
Beneath all visible retired, none went
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
5, 6. mercy … and … faithfulness—as mercy and truth (Ps 25:10).
Psalm 36:5 Additional Commentaries
There is No Fear of God Before his Eyes
…4He plans wickedness upon his bed; He sets himself on a path that is not good; He does not despise evil. 5Your lovingkindness, O LORD, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. 6Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; Your judgments are like a great deep. O LORD, You preserve man and beast.…
For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
A maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite. I will sing of the LORD's great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures.
but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture
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