Psalm 75:2
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New International Version
You say, "I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge with equity.

New Living Translation
God says, "At the time I have planned, I will bring justice against the wicked.

English Standard Version
“At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity.

New American Standard Bible
"When I select an appointed time, It is I who judge with equity.

King James Bible
When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When I choose a time, I will judge fairly.

International Standard Version
"At the time that I choose I will judge the righteous.

NET Bible
God says, "At the appointed times, I judge fairly.

New Heart English Bible
When I choose the appointed time, I will judge blamelessly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because I shall take the time and I shall judge in integrity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When I choose the right time, I will judge fairly.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When I take the appointed time, I Myself will judge with equity.

New American Standard 1977
“When I select an appointed time,
            It is I who judge with equity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When I shall receive the congregation, I will judge uprightly.

King James 2000 Bible
When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.

American King James Version
When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.

American Standard Version
When I shall find the set time, I will judge uprightly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
when I shall take a time, I will judge justices.

Darby Bible Translation
When I shall receive the assembly, I will judge with equity.

English Revised Version
When I shall find the set time, I will judge uprightly.

Webster's Bible Translation
When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.

World English Bible
When I choose the appointed time, I will judge blamelessly.

Young's Literal Translation
When I receive an appointment, I -- I do judge uprightly.
Study Bible
We Give Thanks, for Your Name is Near
1For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth. A Psalm of Asaph, a Song. We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks, For Your name is near; Men declare Your wondrous works. 2"When I select an appointed time, It is I who judge with equity. 3"The earth and all who dwell in it melt; It is I who have firmly set its pillars. Selah.…
Cross References
Psalm 9:8
And He will judge the world in righteousness; He will execute judgment for the peoples with equity.

Psalm 67:4
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness And guide the nations on the earth. Selah.

Psalm 102:13
You will arise and have compassion on Zion; For it is time to be gracious to her, For the appointed time has come.

Isaiah 11:4
But with righteousness He will judge the poor, And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.
Treasury of Scripture

When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.

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Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds…

Psalm 101:2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when will you come …

2 Samuel 2:4 And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over …

2 Samuel 5:3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king …

2 Samuel 8:15 And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and …

2 Samuel 23:3,4 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, He that rules …

receive the congregation. or, take a set time

Ecclesiastes 3:17 I said in my heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: …

John 7:6 Then Jesus said to them, My time is not yet come: but your time is always ready.

Acts 1:7 And he said to them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, …

Acts 17:31 Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world …

(2) When I.--Rather, When I have chosen my time, I will judge uprightly. This sense: "my time" being shown by the emphatic "I" of the Hebrew. (Comp. Acts 17:31.) The word rendered in the Authorised Version "congregation" (moed), has plainly here its first derivative sense of a set time, or "occasion." (Comp. Psalm 102:13; Habakkuk 2:3.) So LXX. and Vulg. here; but Symmachus gives "synagogue."

It is quite clear that the speaker of these words is God Himself, who suddenly, as in Psalm 46:10, breaks in with the announcement of judgment. But how far the Divine utterance extends in the psalm is not quite clear. Some end it with Psalm 75:3; others with Psalm 75:5.

Verse 2. - When I shall receive the congregation; rather, when I shall have appointed a set time. It is agreed that the speaker, in this verse and the next, is God, who announces that he is about to descend in judgment. This, however, he will do "at his own set time," for which men must wait patiently (comp. Habakkuk 2:3). I will judge uprightly; or, "with uprightness" (comp. Psalm 58:1). When I shall receive the congregation,.... Some render it, from the Arabic signification of the word, "the promise" (o); the Spirit promised, the gifts of the Spirit, which Christ received for men, and gave to men, whereby he executes the judgment or government of the church committed to him: others the time, so the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Ethiopic, Syriac, and Arabic versions, to which agrees the Targum, the word signifying a set appointed time, Psalm 102:14, and so may respect the time appointed for the judgment of the world, which when come, Christ will execute in a most righteous manner, as follows; see Acts 17:31, but whereas the people of Israel met at the door of the tabernacle, which from thence was called "Ohel Moed", the tabernacle of the congregation; hence the word is used for a congregation, and here designs the general assembly and church of the firstborn written in heaven, even all the elect of God; these were received by Christ of his Father in eternity, when he espoused them to himself, and undertook the care of them; and they are received by him, one by one, in effectual calling; and in like manner are they received by him into glory at death; but when they are all gathered in, and are prepared for him as a bride for her husband, then will he receive them all in a body, and present them to himself a glorious church during the thousand years' reign; upon which will proceed the judgment of the wicked; see Revelation 20:5,

I will judge uprightly; in equity, in strict justice, in the most righteous manner, rendering to every man according to his works; hence the future judgment is called a righteous one, and so is the Judge; no injustice will be done to men, but the strictest integrity, uprightness, and impartiality, will be observed in pronouncing the several sentences on the righteous and on the wicked, and in adjudging them to their several places and states.

(o) "promissa", Schultens animadv. p. 174. "festi dona", Gusset. p. 334. 2 When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.

3 The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.

4 I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn.

5 Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.

Psalm 75:2

"When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly." This is generally believed to be the voice of God, who will, when he accepts his people, mount his judgment seat and avenge their cause in righteousness. It is rendered by some, "I will take a set time;" and by others, "I will seize the moment."

"God never is before his time,

He never is too late."

He determines the period of interposition, and when that arrives swift are his blows and sure are his deliverances. God sends no delegated judge, but sits himself upon the throne. O Lord, let thy set time come for grace. Tarry no longer, but for the truth and the throne of Jesus be thou speedily at work. Let the appointed assize come, O Jesus, and sit thou on thy throne to judge the world in equity.

Psalm 75:3

"The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved." When anarchy is abroad, and tyrants are in power, everything is unloosed, dissolution threatens all things, the solid mountains of government melt as wax; but even then the Lord upholds and sustains the right. "I bear up the pillars of it." Hence, there is no real cause for fear. While the pillars stand, and stand they must for God upholds them, the house will brave out the storm in the day of the Lord's appearing a general melting will take place, but in that day our covenant God will be the sure support of our confidence.

"How can I sink with such a prop

As my eternal God,

Who bears the earth's huge pillars up,

continued...2, 3. These verses express the purpose of God to administer a just government, and in a time of anarchy that He sustains the nation. Some apply the words to the Psalmist.

receive the congregation—literally, "take a set time" (Ps 102:13; Ho 2:3), or an assembly at a set time—that is, for judging.75:1-5 We often pray for mercy, when in pursuit of it; and shall we only once or twice give thanks, when we obtain it? God shows that he is nigh to us in what we call upon him for. Public trusts are to be managed uprightly. This may well be applied to Christ and his government. Man's sin threatened to destroy the whole creation; but Christ saved the world from utter ruin. He who is made of God to us wisdom, bids us be wise. To the proud, daring sinners he says, Boast not of your power, persist not in contempt. All the present hopes and future happiness of the human race spring from the Son of God.
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