Psalm 78:69
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New International Version
He built his sanctuary like the heights, like the earth that he established forever.

New Living Translation
There he built his sanctuary as high as the heavens, as solid and enduring as the earth.

English Standard Version
He built his sanctuary like the high heavens, like the earth, which he has founded forever.

New American Standard Bible
And He built His sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which He has founded forever.

King James Bible
And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He built His sanctuary like the heights, like the earth that He established forever.

International Standard Version
He built his sanctuary, high as the heavens, like the earth that he established forever.

NET Bible
He made his sanctuary as enduring as the heavens above; as secure as the earth, which he established permanently.

New Heart English Bible
He built his sanctuary like the heights, like the earth which he has established forever.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He built his holy place upon the height and he prepared it in the Earth for eternity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He built his holy place to be like the high heavens, like the earth which he made to last for a long time.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And He built His sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which He hath founded for ever.

New American Standard 1977
And He built His sanctuary like the heights,
            Like the earth which He has founded forever.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he built his sanctuary in preeminence like the earth which he has established for ever.

King James 2000 Bible
And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he has established forever.

American King James Version
And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he has established for ever.

American Standard Version
And he built his sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which he hath established for ever.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he built his sanctuary as of unicorns, in the land which he founded for ever.

Darby Bible Translation
And he built his sanctuary like the heights, like the earth which he hath founded for ever.

English Revised Version
And he built his sanctuary like the heights, like the earth which he hath established for ever.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever.

World English Bible
He built his sanctuary like the heights, like the earth which he has established forever.

Young's Literal Translation
And buildeth His sanctuary as a high place, Like the earth, He founded it to the age.
Study Bible
I will Open My Mouth in Parables
68But chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which He loved. 69And He built His sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which He has founded forever. 70He also chose David His servant And took him from the sheepfolds;…
Cross References
Exodus 15:17
"You will bring them and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance, The place, O LORD, which You have made for Your dwelling, The sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.

1 Kings 6:1
Now it came about in the four hundred and eightieth year after the sons of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD.

Psalm 87:1
A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song. His foundation is in the holy mountains.

Psalm 114:2
Judah became His sanctuary, Israel, His dominion.

Psalm 127:1
A Song of Ascents, of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.

Jeremiah 10:12
It is He who made the earth by His power, Who established the world by His wisdom; And by His understanding He has stretched out the heavens.

Ezekiel 36:2
'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because the enemy has spoken against you, 'Aha!' and, 'The everlasting heights have become our possession,'
Treasury of Scripture

And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he has established for ever.

and he

1 Kings 6:2 And the house which king Solomon built for the LORD, the length thereof …

1 Kings 9:8 And at this house, which is high, every one that passes by it shall …

2 Chronicles 3:4 And the porch that was in the front of the house, the length of it …

high

1 Chronicles 29:1,19 Furthermore David the king said to all the congregation, Solomon …

2 Chronicles 2:9 Even to prepare me timber in abundance: for the house which I am …

earth

Psalm 102:25 Of old have you laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens …

Psalm 104:5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.

Psalm 119:90,91 Your faithfulness is to all generations: you have established the …

1 Samuel 2:8 He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts up the beggar from …

Job 26:7 He stretches out the north over the empty place, and hangs the earth on nothing.

Isaiah 48:13 My hand also has laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand …

Isaiah 51:6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look on the earth beneath: …

Colossians 1:16,17 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that …

Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose …

established. Heb. founded.

(69) He built.--The first clause is vague, but evidently the poet is drawing attention to the grandeur and solidity of the Temple. Perhaps, high as heaven--firm as earth.

Verse 69. - And he built his sanctuary like high palaces; rather, like the heights. The "heights of heaven" (Job 11:8; Job 22:12) are probably meant. Like the earth which he hath established forever; i.e. lofty as heaven, stable and firmly fixed as earth. The ultimate fate of the sanctuary is mercifully hidden from the psalmist. And he built his sanctuary like high palaces,.... The temple at Jerusalem, called a sanctuary, or holy place, because separated and dedicated to holy use and service; where the holy God had his residence, and was worshipped, and was a figure of the holy place not made with hands: this is said to be built by the Lord, because the materials provided for it, and which David and his people so willingly offered, were his own; "of his own" they gave him; as well as the pattern after which it was made was had from the Spirit of God; and it was the Lord that put it into the heart of David to set such a work afoot, and encouraged Solomon to begin and finish it, and gave wisdom, health, and strength, to the workmen to accomplish it; and in reference to this are the words in Psalm 127:1, "except the Lord build the house", &c. and this he built not like the "high places", where idolatry was committed; the temple was not built in imitation of them; but like what high and eminent men, like such buildings as: they erect; like stately palaces, so Aben Ezra and Kimchi, built for kings and great personages; and such a building was the temple, the most magnificent in all the world, as built by Solomon, and even as rebuilt by Zerubbabel, and repaired by Herod; see Mark 13:1 or it was built "on high", as the Syriac version, on a high hill, Mount Moriah: the Targum is,

"as the horn of the unicorn;''

and so the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and Arabic versions. Jarchi interprets it as the high heavens, of which it was a figure; it was like them for magnificence and glory, and like the earth for stability, as follows:

like the earth, which he hath established for ever; as to the substance of it; though as to the qualities of it, it will be done away, and a new one arise; otherwise it will abide for ever, Ecclesiastes 1:4, this respects the continuance of the temple during the Jewish dispensation, when the Gospel temple, or Gospel church, should take place, which will continue to the end of the world: this is opposed to the frequent moves of the tabernacle and ark before the temple was built, when there was no abiding habitation provided for it. 69. Exalted as—

high palaces—or, "mountains," and abiding as—the earth.78:56-72 After the Israelites were settled in Canaan, the children were like their fathers. God gave them his testimonies, but they turned back. Presumptuous sins render even Israelites hateful to God's holiness, and exposed to his justice. Those whom the Lord forsakes become an easy prey to the destroyer. And sooner or later, God will disgrace his enemies. He set a good government over his people; a monarch after his own heart. With good reason does the psalmist make this finishing, crowning instance of God's favour to Israel; for David was a type of Christ, the great and good Shepherd, who was humbled first, and then exalted; and of whom it was foretold, that he should be filled with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. On the uprightness of his heart, and the skilfulness of his hands, all his subjects may rely; and of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end. Every trial of human nature hitherto, confirms the testimony of Scripture, that the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, and nothing but being created anew by the Holy Ghost can cure the ungodliness of any.
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