Psalm 85:11
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New International Version
Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven.

New Living Translation
Truth springs up from the earth, and righteousness smiles down from heaven.

English Standard Version
Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky.

New American Standard Bible
Truth springs from the earth, And righteousness looks down from heaven.

King James Bible
Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Truth will spring up from the earth, and righteousness will look down from heaven.

International Standard Version
Truth sprouts up from the ground, while righteousness looks down from the sky.

NET Bible
Faithfulness grows from the ground, and deliverance looks down from the sky.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Faith will sprout from the Earth and righteousness looked out from Heaven!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Truth sprouts from the ground, and righteousness looks down from heaven.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from the heavens.

King James 2000 Bible
Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

American King James Version
Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

American Standard Version
Truth springeth out of the earth; And righteousness hath looked down from heaven.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Truth is sprung out of the earth: and justice hath looked down from heaven.

Darby Bible Translation
Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from the heavens.

English Revised Version
Truth springeth out of the earth; and righteousness hath looked clown from heaven.

Webster's Bible Translation
Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

World English Bible
Truth springs out of the earth. Righteousness has looked down from heaven.

Young's Literal Translation
Truth from the earth springeth up, And righteousness from heaven looketh out,
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 11. - Truth shall spring out of the earth (comp. Isaiah 45:8). One result of the reconciliation of God's mercy and truth shall be a growth of righteousness among men. The pardoned people of God shall bring forth much fruit. And righteousness shall look down from heaven. God's righteousness "looks down from heaven" (like the sun), to draw up and mature the feeble plant of man's righteousness, which, without it, would come to nothing.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Truth shall spring out of the earth,.... Either the Gospel, the word of truth, which sprung up at once in the land of Judea, as if it came out of the earth; and from Zion and Jerusalem it came forth into the Gentile world: or else the truth of grace God desires in the inward parts, and which springs up in such who are like cultivated earth, or good ground, being made so by the Spirit and grace of God, particularly the grace of "faith"; by which some render the word (q) here, which springs up in the heart, and, with it, man believes to righteousness: or rather Christ himself, "who is the way, the truth, and the life"; who, though he is the Lord from heaven, yet may be said, with respect to his incarnation, to spring out of the earth, he taking flesh of the virgin: hence his human nature is said to be "curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth"; and "that new thing created in the earth", Psalm 139:15.

and righteousness shall look down from heaven: the justice of God, or the righteous God, shall look down from heaven on Christ, the truth, in our nature on earth, with pleasure beholding his obedience, sufferings and death, sacrifice and righteousness; being well pleased with him, and with all he did and suffered, and with all his people, considered in him: these upright and righteous ones his countenance beholds with delight, as they are clothed with Christ's righteousness, washed in his blood, and their sins expiated by his sacrifice, and as they are hoping in his mercy, and trusting in his Son.

(q) fides. Tigurine version, Musculus, Junius & Tremellius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. Earth and heaven shall abound with the blessings of this government;

Psalm 85:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
You Showed Favor to Your 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. 12Indeed, the LORD will give what is good, And our land will yield its produce.…
Cross References
Isaiah 45:8
"You heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness flourish with it; I, the LORD, have created it.

Isaiah 61:11
For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.
Treasury of Scripture

Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

truth

Isaiah 4:2 In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious…

Isaiah 45:8 Drop down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: …

Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root …

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

1 John 5:20,21 And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, …

righteousness

Isaiah 42:21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify …

Matthew 3:17 And see a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom …

Matthew 17:5 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and …

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

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might …

Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted …

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