Psalm 45:4
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New International Version
In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.

New Living Translation
In your majesty, ride out to victory, defending truth, humility, and justice. Go forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds!

English Standard Version
In your majesty ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; let your right hand teach you awesome deeds!

New American Standard Bible
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously, For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.

King James Bible
And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
in your splendor ride triumphantly in the cause of truth, humility, and justice. May your right hand show your awe-inspiring acts.

International Standard Version
In your majesty ride forth for the cause of truth, humility, and righteousness; and your strong right hand will teach you awesome things.

NET Bible
Appear in your majesty and be victorious! Ride forth for the sake of what is right, on behalf of justice! Then your right hand will accomplish mighty acts!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Your Honor is victorious. The Humility of Righteousness rides upon The Word of Truth - your Law, in the awesomeness of your right hand!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Ride on victoriously in your majesty for the cause of truth, humility, and righteousness. Let your right hand teach you awe-inspiring things.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And in thy majesty be prospered; ride upon the word of truth and of humility and of righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.

King James 2000 Bible
And in your majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and your right hand shall teach you awesome things.

American King James Version
And in your majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and your right hand shall teach you terrible things.

American Standard Version
And in thy majesty ride on prosperously, Because of truth and meekness and righteousness: And thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.

Douay-Rheims Bible
With thy comeliness and thy beauty set out, proceed prosperously, and reign. Because of truth and meekness and justice: and thy right hand shall conduct thee wonderfully.

Darby Bible Translation
And [in] thy splendour ride prosperously, because of truth and meekness [and] righteousness: and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.

English Revised Version
And in thy majesty ride on prosperously, because of truth and meekness and righteousness: and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.

Webster's Bible Translation
And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.

World English Bible
In your majesty ride on victoriously on behalf of truth, humility, and righteousness. Let your right hand display awesome deeds.

Young's Literal Translation
As to Thy majesty -- prosper! -- ride! Because of truth, and meekness -- righteousness, And Thy right hand showeth Thee fearful things.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

45:1-5 The psalmist's tongue was guided by the Spirit of God, as the pen is by the hand of a ready writer. This psalm is touching the King Jesus, his kingdom and government. It is a shame that this good matter is not more the subject of our discourse. There is more in Christ to engage our love, than there is or can be in any creature. This world and its charms are ready to draw away our hearts from Christ; therefore we are concerned to understand how much more worthy he is of our love. By his word, his promise, his gospel, the good will of God is made known to us, and the good work of God is begun and carried on in us. The psalmist, ver. 3-5, joyfully foretells the progress and success of the Messiah. The arrows of conviction are very terrible in the hearts of sinners, till they are humbled and reconciled; but the arrows of vengeance will be more so to his enemies who refuse to submit. All who have seen his glory and tasted his grace, rejoice to see him, by his word and Spirit, bring enemies and strangers under his dominion.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - And in thy majesty ride prosperously; literally, and in thy majesty go forth, ride. The riding intended is probably riding in a chariot. Because of truth and meekness and righteousness; rather, because of truth and meek-tempered righteoushess (Kay); i.e. for the purpose of vindicating truth and righteousness in the case of those who outrage them. Righteousness, however, to be really righteousness, must be combined with meekness (comp. Zephaniah 2:3). And thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. It is the right hand wherewith the warrior strikes; and at each blow it opens to the striker terrible experiences, and thus may be said to "teach him terrible things."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And in thy majesty ride prosperously,.... Not literally, as was prophesied of him he should, and as he did, Zechariah 9:9; but mystically and spiritually, either in the chariots of angels up to heaven, Psalm 68:17; or on the white horse of the Gospel, with his bow and arrows after mentioned, conquering and to conquer, Revelation 6:2; and where he rides "in his majesty", showing forth his glory both as a divine Person and as Mediator; and which is very conspicuous in the Gospel, and the ministry of it; and also "prosperously", as he did in the first preaching of the word by the apostles, when it was made the power of God to salvation to multitudes, and the Lord caused them to triumph in Christ everywhere; and as he will in the latter day, when the Jews will be converted, and the fulness of the Gentiles brought in;

because of truth, and meekness, and righteousness; either because he himself is "truth", the truth of all types, promises, prophecies, and doctrines; or because of the Gospel of truth which comes by him; or on account of his truth and faithfulness in fulfilling his own engagements, and the promises of his father: and because of the "meekness" which was so apparent in him, in taking upon him the form of a servant; in his marriage to sinners, and conversation with them; in ministering: to his disciples; in his conduct towards his enemies; and in seeking not his own glory, but his Father's: and because of "righteousness", the holiness of his nature, the purity of his life and actions; and because of the righteousness he is the author of to his people, and of his righteous administration of his offices, especially as a King;

and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things; or thy power, which the right hand is a symbol of, shall perform terrible things; as it did in the work of redemption, by conquering and destroying the enemies of his people, and of himself; and as it does in the conversion of men, which makes terrible work in their consciences, as the instances of the three thousand, of Saul, and of the jailer show; and as it has in his judgments on his enemies the Jews, in the utter ruin of their nation, city, and temple; and will do on all the antichristian powers in the latter day. The Targum paraphrases it,

"the Lord shall teach thee to do terrible things with thy right hand (f).''

(f) "Dextra mihi Deus", &c. Virgil. Aeneid. 10. prope finem.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. ride prosperously—or conduct a successful war.

because of—for the interests of truth, &c.

meekness … righteousness—without any connection—that is, a righteousness or equity of government, distinguished by meekness or condescension (Ps 18:35).

right hand—or power, as its organ.

shall teach thee—point the way to terrible things; that is, in conquest of enemies.

Psalm 45:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Your Throne is Forever
3Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One, In Your splendor and Your majesty! 4And in Your majesty ride on victoriously, For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; Let Your right hand teach You awesome things. 5Your arrows are sharp; The peoples fall under You; Your arrows are in the heart of the King's enemies.…
Cross References
Psalm 21:8
Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies; your right hand will seize your foes.

Psalm 65:5
You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas,

Zephaniah 2:3
Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD's anger.
Treasury of Scripture

And in your majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and your right hand shall teach you terrible things.

ride [heb.] prosper thou, ride thou

Revelation 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a …

Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat …

prosperously

Psalm 110:2,3 The LORD shall send the rod of your strength out of Zion: rule you …

1 Thessalonians 1:5 For our gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and …

1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when you …

2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have …

because

Psalm 60:4 You have given a banner to them that fear you, that it may be displayed …

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man …

meekness

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: …

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in …

Matthew 12:19,20 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice …

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, …

right

Psalm 2:9 You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces …

Psalm 21:8,9 Your hand shall find out all your enemies: your right hand shall …

Psalm 65:5 By terrible things in righteousness will you answer us, O God of …

Psalm 110:5,6 The Lord at your right hand shall strike through kings in the day …

Isaiah 59:17,18 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation …

Isaiah 63:1-6 Who is this that comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? …

Luke 19:27 But those my enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, …

2 Thessalonians 1:8,9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that …

Revelation 6:16,17 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from …

Revelation 11:18 And the nations were angry, and your wrath is come, and the time …

Revelation 19:17-21 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud …

Revelation 20:15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into …

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