|New International Version (©2011)|
Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens, you who have done great things. Who is like you, God?
New Living Translation (©2007)
Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens. You have done such wonderful things. Who can compare with you, O God?
English Standard Version (©2001)
Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you?
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
For Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You?
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
Your righteousness reaches heaven, God, You who have done great things; God, who is like You?
International Standard Version (©2012)
Your many righteous deeds, God, are great,
NET Bible (©2006)
Your justice, O God, extends to the skies above; you have done great things. O God, who can compare to you?
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
And your righteousness, oh God, is unto The Highest Place, and the great things that you have done! Who is like you?
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
Your righteousness reaches to the heavens, O God. You have done great things. O God, who is like you?
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
Your righteousness also, O God, is very high, who has done great things: O God, who is like unto you!
American King James Version
Your righteousness also, O God, is very high, who have done great things: O God, who is like to you!
American Standard Version
Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high; Thou who hast done great things, O God, who is like unto thee?
and thy justice, O God, even to the highest great things thou hast done: O God, who is like to thee?
Darby Bible Translation
And thy righteousness, O God, reacheth on high, thou who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee?
English Revised Version
Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high; thou who hast done great things, O God, who is like unto thee?
Webster's Bible Translation
Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like to thee!
World English Bible
Your righteousness also, God, reaches to the heavens; you have done great things. God, who is like you?
Young's Literal Translation
And Thy righteousness, O God, is unto the heights, Because Thou hast done great things, O God, who is like Thee?
|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
71:14-24 The psalmist declares that the righteousness of Christ, and the great salvation obtained thereby, shall be the chosen subject of his discourse. Not on a sabbath only, but on every day of the week, of the year, of his life. Not merely at stated returns of solemn devotion, but on every occasion, all the day long. Why will he always dwell on this? Because he knew not the numbers thereof. It is impossible to measure the value or the fulness of these blessings. The righteousness is unspeakable, the salvation everlasting. God will not cast off his grey-headed servants when no longer capable of labouring as they have done. The Lord often strengthens his people in their souls, when nature is sinking into decay. And it is a debt which the old disciples of Christ owe to succeeding generations, to leave behind them a solemn testimony to the advantage of religion, and the truth of God's promises; and especially to the everlasting righteousness of the Redeemer. Assured of deliverance and victory, let us spend our days, while waiting the approach of death, in praising the Holy One of Israel with all our powers. And while speaking of his righteousness, and singing his praises, we shall rise above fears and infirmities, and have earnests of the joys of heaven. The work of redemption ought, above all God's works, to be spoken of by us in our praises. The Lamb that was slain, and has redeemed us to God, is worthy of all blessing and praise.
Verse 19. - Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high; or, reaches to the height (comp. Psalm 7:7; Psalm 10:5; Psalm 18:16, etc.). Who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee! (comp. Psalm 35:10; Psalm 89:6, 8).
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high,.... Or, "unto the place on high" (f); it reaches unto heaven, as the mercy, truth, and faithfulness of God, are said to do, Psalm 36:5. The righteousness of Christ is accepted of with God the Father in heaven; it is in Christ, who is there at the right hand of God; and it is higher and infinitely above any righteousness of a creature, angel's or man's;
who hast done great things; in nature, in forming the world out of nothing, and in upholding all creatures in their beings; in providence, in governing the world, and ordering all things in it for the best, and to answer the wisest purposes; in grace, in the salvation of lost sinners by Christ; in the justification of them by his righteousness; and in the atonement and pardon of their sins, through his blood and sacrifice; in the regeneration of them by his grace; in making and performing exceeding great and precious promises, and in giving them eternal life;
O God, who is like unto thee? either for greatness or goodness; for power or for mercy; for justice, truth, and faithfulness; for the perfections of his nature, or the works of his hands; and to be praised, reverenced and adored, as he is; see Psalm 89:6.
(f) "usque in excelsum", Pagninus, Montanus, Gejerus; "in altum usque", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.
The Treasury of David
19 Thy righteousness also, O God: is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!
20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
21 Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side."
"Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high." Very sublime, unsearchable, exalted, and glorious is the holy character of God, and his way of making men righteous. His plan of righteousness uplifts men from the gates of hell to the mansions of heaven. It is a high-doctrine gospel, gives a high experience, leads to high practice, and ends in high felicity. "Who hast done great things." The exploits of others are mere child's play compared with thine, and are not worthy to be mentioned in the same age. Creation, providence, redemption, are all unique, and nothing can compare with them. "O God, who is like unto thee." As thy works are so transcendent, so art thou. Thou art without compeer, or even second; and such are thy works, and such, especially, thy plan of justifying sinners by the righteousness which thou hast provided. Adoration is a fit frame of mind, for the believer. When he draws near to: God, he enters into a region where everything is surpassingly sublime; miracles of love abound on every hand, and marvels of mingled justice and grace. A traveller among the high Alps often feels overwhelmed with awe, amid their amazing sublimities; much more is this the case when we survey the heights and depths of the mercy and holiness of the Lord. "O God, who is like unto thee."
"Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shall quicken me again." Here is faith's inference from the infinite greatness of the Lord. He has been strong to Smite; he will be also strong to save. He has shown me many heavy and severe trials, and he will also show me many and precious mercies. He has almost killed me, he will speedily revive me; and though I have been almost dead and buried, he will give me a resurrection, and "bring me up again from the depths of the earth." However low the Lord may permit us to sink, he will fix a limit to the descent,: and in due time will bring us up again. Even when we are laid low in the tomb, the mercy is that we can go no lower, but shall retrace our steps and mount to better lands; and all this, because the Lord is ever mighty to save. A little God would fail us, but not Jehovah the Omnipotent. It is safe to lean on him, since he bears up the pillars both of heaven and earth.
"Thou shalt increase my greatness." As a king, David grew in influence and power. God did great things for him, and by him, and this is all the greatness believers want. May we have faith in God, such as these words evince. "And comfort me on every side." As we were surrounded with afflictions, so shall we be environed with consolations. From above, and from all around, light Shall come to dispel our former gloom; the change shall be great, indeed, when the Lord returns, to comfort us.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
19. is very high—distinguished (Ps 36:5; Isa 55:9).
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In You, O Lord, I Take Refuge
…18Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have showed your strength to this generation, and your power to every one that is to come. 19Your righteousness also, O God, is very high, who have done great things: O God, who is like to you! 20You, which have showed me great and sore troubles, shall quicken me again, and shall bring me up again from the depths of the earth. …
for the Mighty One has done great things for me-- holy is his name.
Who among the gods is like you, LORD? Who is like you-- majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?
"Sovereign LORD, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do?
My whole being will exclaim, "Who is like you, LORD? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them."
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.
For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God?
Who is like you, LORD God Almighty? You, LORD, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."