Psalm 85:10
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New International Version
Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.

New Living Translation
Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed!

English Standard Version
Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.

New American Standard Bible
Lovingkindness and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

King James Bible
Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Faithful love and truth will join together; righteousness and peace will embrace.

International Standard Version
Gracious love and truth meet; righteousness and peace kiss.

NET Bible
Loyal love and faithfulness meet; deliverance and peace greet each other with a kiss.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Favor and truth are reconciled; righteousness and peace will kiss!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Mercy and truth have met. Righteousness and peace have kissed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

King James 2000 Bible
Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

American King James Version
Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

American Standard Version
Mercy and truth are met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Mercy and truth have met each other: justice and peace have kissed.

Darby Bible Translation
Loving-kindness and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other:

English Revised Version
Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Webster's Bible Translation
Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

World English Bible
Mercy and truth meet together. Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Young's Literal Translation
Kindness and truth have met, Righteousness and peace have kissed,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

85:8-13 Sooner or later, God will speak peace to his people. If he do not command outward peace, yet he will suggest inward peace; speaking to their hearts by his Spirit. Peace is spoken only to those who turn from sin. All sin is folly, especially backsliding; it is the greatest folly to return to sin. Surely God's salvation is nigh, whatever our difficulties and distresses are. Also, his honour is secured, that glory may dwell in our land. And the truth of the promises is shown by the Divine mercy in sending the Redeemer. The Divine justice is now satisfied by the great atonement. Christ, the way, truth, and life, sprang out of the earth when he took our nature upon him, and Divine justice looked upon him well pleased and satisfied. For his sake all good things, especially his Holy Spirit, are given to those who ask him. Through Christ, the pardoned sinner becomes fruitful in good works, and by looking to and trusting in the Saviour's righteousness, finds his feet set in the way of his steps. Righteousness is a sure guide, both in meeting God, and in following him

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - Mercy and truth are met together. God's mercy and God's truth are reconciled and brought into harmony. The psalmist does not say - probably does not know - how, He accepts the fact of the reconciliation, which is revealed to him (ver. 8) by faith, and boldly announces it. The explanation was reserved for the coming and teaching of Christ. Righteousness and peace have kissed each other. "Righteousness" and "peace" are synonymous with "mercy" and "truth." Here they are personified - "represented as angels in human form" (Cheyne).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Mercy and truth are met together,.... Or "grace and truth" (p), which are in Christ, and come by him; and so may be said to meet in him, the glorious Person, the Author of salvation, before mentioned, John 1:14, these may be considered as perfections in God, displayed in salvation by Christ: "mercy" is the original of it; it is owing to that that the dayspring from on high visited us, or glory dwelt in our land, or Christ was sent and came to work salvation for us; it was pity to the lost human race which moved God to send him, and him to come, who is the merciful as well as faithful High Priest, and who in his love and pity redeemed us; and though there was no mercy shown to him, he not being spared in the least, yet there was to us; and which appears in the whole of our salvation, and in every part of it, in our regeneration, pardon, and eternal life; see Luke 1:72, 1 Peter 1:3 or "grace", the exceeding riches of which are shown forth in the kindness of God to us, through Christ; and to which our salvation, in whole and in part, is to be attributed, Ephesians 2:7, "truth" may signify the veracity and faithfulness of God, in his promises and threatenings: his promises have their true and full accomplishment in Christ, Luke 1:72 so have his threatenings of death to sinful men, he being the surety for them, Genesis 2:17 and so mercy is shown to man, and God is true to his word:

righteousness and peace have kissed each other; as friends at meeting used to do: "righteousness" may intend the essential justice of God, which will not admit of the pardon and justification of a sinner, without a satisfaction; wherefore Christ was set forth to be the propitiation for sin, to declare and manifest the righteousness of God, his strict justice; that he might be just, and appear to be so, when he is the justifier of him that believes in Jesus; and Christ's blood being shed, and his sacrifice offered up, he is just and faithful to forgive sin, and cleanse from all unrighteousness, Exodus 34:6, Romans 3:25 and thus the law being magnified, and made honourable by the obedience and sufferings of Christ, an everlasting righteousness being brought in, and justice entirely satisfied, there is "peace" on earth, and good will to men: peace with God is made by Christ the peacemaker, and so the glory of divine justice is secured and peace with God for men obtained, in a way consistent with it, Luke 2:14 and Christ's righteousness being imputed and applied to men, and received by faith, produces a conscience peace, an inward peace of mind, which passeth all understanding, Romans 5:1.

(p) "gratia et veritas", Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. God's promises of "mercy" will be verified by His "truth" (compare Ps 25:10; 40:10); and the "work of righteousness" in His holy government shall be "peace" (Isa 32:17). There is an implied contrast with a dispensation under which God's truth sustains His threatened wrath, and His righteousness inflicts misery on the wicked.

Psalm 85:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
You Showed Favor to Your Land
9Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That glory may dwell in our land. 10Lovingkindness and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 11Truth springs from the earth, And righteousness looks down from heaven.…
Cross References
Psalm 25:10
All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.

Psalm 72:3
May the mountains bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness.

Psalm 89:14
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.

Proverbs 3:3
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

Isaiah 32:17
The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.
Treasury of Scripture

Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

mercy

Psalm 89:14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of your throne: mercy and …

Psalm 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures …

Exodus 34:6,7 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The …

Micah 7:20 You will perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which …

Luke 1:54,55 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy…

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

righteousness

Psalm 72:3 The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, …

Isaiah 32:16-18 Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain …

Isaiah 45:24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: …

Jeremiah 23:5,6 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will raise to David …

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Romans 3:25,26 Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood…

Romans 5:1,21 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through …

Hebrews 7:2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation …

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