Psalm 85:8
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New International Version
I will listen to what God the LORD says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants-- but let them not turn to folly.

New Living Translation
I listen carefully to what God the LORD is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways.

English Standard Version
Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly.

New American Standard Bible
I will hear what God the LORD will say; For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones; But let them not turn back to folly.

King James Bible
I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will listen to what God will say; surely the LORD will declare peace to His people, His godly ones, and not let them go back to foolish ways.

International Standard Version
Let me listen to what God, the LORD, says; for the LORD will promise peace to his people, to his holy ones; may they not return to foolishness.

NET Bible
I will listen to what God the LORD says. For he will make peace with his people, his faithful followers. Yet they must not return to their foolish ways.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That we may hear what Lord Jehovah God speaks, who speaks peace with his people and with his righteous ones, lest they turn their back!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I want to hear what God the LORD says, because he promises peace to his people, to his godly ones. But they must not go back to their stupidity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace unto his people and to his saints, that they not turn again to folly.

King James 2000 Bible
I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

American King James Version
I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace to his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

American Standard Version
I will hear what God Jehovah will speak; For he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: But let them not turn again to folly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will hear what the Lord God will speak in me: for he will speak peace unto his people: And unto his saints: and unto them that are converted to the heart.

Darby Bible Translation
I will hear what God, Jehovah, will speak; for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his godly ones: but let them not turn again to folly.

English Revised Version
I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

Webster's Bible Translation
I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace to his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

World English Bible
I will hear what God, Yahweh, will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, his saints; but let them not turn again to folly.

Young's Literal Translation
I hear what God Jehovah speaketh, For He speaketh peace unto His people, And unto His saints, and they turn not back to folly.
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

Verses 8-13. - The joyful anticipation. The psalmist anticipates a favourable answer to his prayer, and proceeds to note down the chief points of it. God will "speak peace to his people" (ver. 8), bring his salvation near to them (ver. 9), contrive a way by which "mercy and truth," "righteousness and peace," shall be reconciled (vers. 10, 11), shower blessings on his land (ver. 12), and guide his people in the way marked out by his own footsteps (ver. 13). Verse 8. - I will hear what God the Lord will speak; i.e. "I will wait now and hear the Divine answer to my prayers" (comp. Habakkuk 3:1, "I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me"). For he will speak peace unto his people. He will give them a gentle answer - one breathing peace and loving kindness. And to his saints. And especially he will so answer the elite of his people - the khasidim, "his saints," or "loving ones." But let them not turn again to folly (comp. Ezra 9:10-14). If, after the deliverance that they had experienced, they turned again to such "folly" as had brought on their misfortunes, it would make their end worse than their beginning.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I will hear what God the Lord will speak,.... This the psalmist says in the name of the people of the Jews, whom he represents, in all the foregoing expostulations and petitions, refusing to be still and quiet, and wait and listen for an answer to the above request from the Lord, who speaks by his providences, word, and Spirit; see Habakkuk 2:1,

for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints; as he does in his word, which is the Gospel of peace; and by his ministers, who bring the good tidings of it, and publish it; and by the blood and righteousness of his Son, which both procure, call for, and produce it; and by his Spirit, the fruit of which is peace: it is an answer of peace, or of good and comfortable words, that the Lord returns to his people sooner or later; and it is only to his own people he speaks peace, to his covenant ones, with whom the covenant of peace is made; and to his saints, his Holy Ones, whom he has set apart for himself, and sanctified by his Spirit: as for the wicked, there is no peace unto them, nor any spoken to them by him: Kimchi understands by the "saints" the godly among the Gentiles, as distinct from the Lord's "people", the Jews:

but let them not turn again to folly; to doubt of and question the providence of God; so Arama; or to idolatry, which there was danger of, upon the Jews' return from Babylon; and it is observable, that they afterwards never did return to it, to which they were so much addicted before; or to a vicious course of life, to sin and iniquity, which is the greatest folly, after mercy has been shown; or to self-righteousness, and a dependence on it, to the neglect of Christ and his righteousness, which is the great folly of the Jews to this day; and when the Lord shall quicken them, and convert them, show them his mercy and salvation, speak peace and pardon to them, it would be very ungrateful in them to turn again to this folly.

The Treasury of David

8 I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.

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

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

12 Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.

13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.

Having offered earnest intercession for the afflicted but penitent nation, the sacred poet in the true spirit of faith awaits a response from the sacred oracle. He pauses in joyful confidence, and then in ecstatic triumph he gives utterance to his hopes in the richest form of song.

Psalm 85:8

"I will hear what God the Lord will speak." When we believe that God hears us, it is but natural that we should be eager to hear him. Only from him can come the word which can speak peace to troubled spirits; the voices of men are feeble in such a case, a plaister far too narrow for the sore; but God's voice is power, he speaks and it is done, and hence when we hear him our distress is ended. Happy is the suppliant who has grace to lie patiently at the Lord's door, and wait until his love shall act according to its old wont and chase all sorrow far away. "For he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints." Even though for a while his voice is stern with merited rebuke, he will not always chide, the Great Father will reassume his natural tone of gentleness and pity. The speaking of peace is the peculiar prerogative of the Lord Jehovah, and deep, lasting, ay, eternal, is the peace he thus creates. Yet not to all does the divine word bring peace, but only to his own people, whom he means to make saints, and those whom he has already made so. "But let them not turn again to folly." For if they do so, his rod will fall upon them again, and their peace will be invaded. Those who would enjoy communion with God must be jealous of themselves, and avoid all that would grieve the Holy Spirit; not only the grosser sins, but even the follies of life must be guarded against by those who are favoured with the delights of conscious fellowship. We serve a jealous God, and must needs therefore be incessantly vigilant against evil. Backsliders should study this verse with the utmost care, it will console them and yet warn them, draw them back to their allegiance, and at the sine time inspire them with a wholesome fear of going further astray. To turn again to folly is worse than being foolish for once; it argues wilfulness and obstinacy, and it involves the soul in sevenfold sin. There is no feel like the man who will be a feel cost him what it may.

Psalm 85:9

"Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him." Faith knows that a saving God is always near at hand, but only (for such is the true rendering) to those who fear the Lord, and worship him with holy awe. In the gospel dispensation this truth is conspicuously illustrated. If to seeking sinners salvation is nigh, it is assuredly very nigh to those who have once enjoyed it, and have lost its present enjoyment by their folly; they have but to turn unto the Lord and they shall enjoy it again. We have not to go about by a long round of personal mortifications or spiritual preparations, we may come to the Lord, through Jesus Christ, just as we did at the first, and he will again receive us unto his loving embrace. Whether it be a nation under adversity, or a single individual under chastisement, the sweet truth before us is rich with encouragement to repentance, and renewed holiness.

"That glory may dwell in our land." The object of the return of grace will be a permanent establishment of a better state of things, so that gloriously devout worship shall be rendered to God continuously, and a glorious measure of prosperity shall be enjoyed in consequence. Israel was glorious whenever she was faithful - her dishonour always followed her disloyalty; believers also live glorious lives when they walk obediently, and they only lose the true glory of their religion when they fall from their stedfastness.

In these two verses we have, beneath the veil of the letter, an intimation of the coming of the Word of God to the nations in times of deep apostasy and trouble, when faithful hearts would be looking and longing for the promise which had so long tarried. By his coming, salvation is brought near, and glory, even the glory of the presence of the Lord, tabernacles among men. Of this the succeeding verses speak without obscurity.

Psalm 85:10

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Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. He is confident God will favor His penitent people (Ps 51:17; 80:18).

saints—as in Ps 4:3, the "godly."

Psalm 85:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
You Showed Favor to Your Land
7Show us Your lovingkindness, O LORD, And grant us Your salvation. 8I will hear what God the LORD will say; For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones; But let them not turn back to folly. 9Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That glory may dwell in our land.…
Cross References
2 Peter 2:21
It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.

Leviticus 26:6
"'I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove wild beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country.

Numbers 9:8
Moses answered them, "Wait until I find out what the LORD commands concerning you."

Psalm 29:11
The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Psalm 78:57
Like their ancestors they were disloyal and faithless, as unreliable as a faulty bow.

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

Habakkuk 2:1
I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.

Haggai 2:9
The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,' says the LORD Almighty. 'And in this place I will grant peace,' declares the LORD Almighty."

Zechariah 9:10
I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Treasury of Scripture

I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace to his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

hear

Habakkuk 2:1 I will stand on my watch, and set me on the tower, and will watch …

Hebrews 12:25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not …

for he

Psalm 29:11 The LORD will give strength to his people; the LORD will bless his …

Isaiah 57:19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, …

Zechariah 9:10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, …

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world …

John 20:19,26 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week…

Acts 10:36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace …

2 Corinthians 5:18-20 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus …

Ephesians 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them …

2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. …

to his

Psalm 50:5 Gather my saints together to me; those that have made a covenant …

Ephesians 1:1,2 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints …

but

Psalm 130:4 But there is forgiveness with you, that you may be feared.

John 5:14 Afterward Jesus finds him in the temple, and said to him, Behold, …

John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said to her, Neither do I condemn …

Acts 3:26 To you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless …

Galatians 4:9 But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known of God, …

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, …

Hebrews 10:26-29 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge …

2 Peter 2:20-22 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through …

Revelation 2:4,5 Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your …

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

folly

Genesis 34:7 And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and …

1 Samuel 25:25 Let not my lord, I pray you, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: …

Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Proverbs 27:22 Though you should bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, …

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