Psalm 89:27
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New International Version
And I will appoint him to be my firstborn, the most exalted of the kings of the earth.

New Living Translation
I will make him my firstborn son, the mightiest king on earth.

English Standard Version
And I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.

New American Standard Bible
"I also shall make him My firstborn, The highest of the kings of the earth.

King James Bible
Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will also make him My firstborn, greatest of the kings of the earth.

International Standard Version
"Indeed, I myself made him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.

NET Bible
I will appoint him to be my firstborn son, the most exalted of the earth's kings.

New Heart English Bible
I will also appoint him my firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Also I shall make him the firstborn and I shall exalt him above the Kings of the Earth.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Yes, I will make him the firstborn. He will be the Most High to the kings of the earth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I also will appoint him first-born, The highest of the kings of the earth.

New American Standard 1977
“I also shall make him My first-born,
            The highest of the kings of the earth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Also I will make him my firstborn, high above the kings of the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.

American King James Version
Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.

American Standard Version
I also will make him my first-born, The highest of the kings of the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I will make him my firstborn, high above the kings of the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
And as to me, I will make him firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.

English Revised Version
I also will make him my firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Also I will make him my first-born, higher than the kings of the earth.

World English Bible
I will also appoint him my firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
I also first-born do appoint him, Highest of the kings of the earth.
Study Bible
I will Sing of His Love Forever
26"He will cry to Me, 'You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.' 27"I also shall make him My firstborn, The highest of the kings of the earth. 28"My lovingkindness I will keep for him forever, And My covenant shall be confirmed to him.…
Cross References
Colossians 1:15
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

Colossians 1:18
And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and firstborn from among the dead, so that in all things He may have preeminence.

Revelation 19:16
And He has a name written on His robe and on His thigh: King of kings and Lord of lords.

Exodus 4:22
"Then you shall say to Pharaoh, 'Thus says the LORD, "Israel is My son, My firstborn.

Numbers 24:7
"Water will flow from his buckets, And his seed will be by many waters, And his king shall be higher than Agag, And his kingdom shall be exalted.

2 Samuel 7:14
"I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me; when he commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men,

Psalm 2:7
"I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.

Psalm 18:43
You have delivered me from the contentions of the people; You have placed me as head of the nations; A people whom I have not known serve me.

Psalm 72:11
And let all kings bow down before him, All nations serve him.

Jeremiah 31:9
"With weeping they will come, And by supplication I will lead them; I will make them walk by streams of waters, On a straight path in which they will not stumble; For I am a father to Israel, And Ephraim is My firstborn."
Treasury of Scripture

Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.

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Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to me, You are my Son; …

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed …

Colossians 1:15,18 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature…

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Psalm 2:10-12 Be wise now therefore, O you kings: be instructed, you judges of the earth…

Psalm 72:11 Yes, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.

Numbers 24:7 He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be …

2 Chronicles 1:12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted to you; and I will give you riches, …

2 Chronicles 9:23,24 And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to …

Isaiah 49:7 Thus said the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to …

Revelation 19:16 And he has on his clothing and on his thigh a name written, KING …

Revelation 21:24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of …

(27) Firstborn.--Jesse's youngest son became the firstborn, the favourite son of God. Here, of course, the epithet is extended to all the Davidic succession.

Verse 27. - Also I will make him my firstborn. There is but one true "Firstborn" - "the Only Begotten of the Father." All other so called "firstborns" - as Israel (Exodus 4:22), Ephraim (Jeremiah 31:9), David - are reflections or representatives, in some way or other, of the real and only true "Firstborn." Higher than the kings of the earth; literally, the most high above the kings of the earth; i.e. standing to the other "kings of the earth" as "the Most High" to his angelic ministers. Also I will make him my firstborn,.... Or, "make him the firstborn"; make him great, as Jarchi interprets it; give him the blessing, the double portion of inheritance: so Christ is made most blessed for ever, and has all spiritual blessings in his hands; and is heir of all things, and his people joint-heirs with him. Christ is God's "firstborn", or "first begotten", Hebrews 1:6, being begotten by him, and of him; and his firstbegotten, though none begotten after him; as the first that opened the womb, under the law, was called the firstborn, though none were ever born after; and in such sense his first begotten, as that he is his only begotten: and he is the firstborn, with respect to creatures; "he is the firstborn of every creature"; Colossians 1:15, being begotten and brought forth before any creature was in being, Proverbs 8:22, and, with respect to the saints, "he is the firstborn among many brethren", Romans 8:29, they are of the same nature, and in the same family, and in which Christ is a son, and the firstborn; and in all things he has the preeminence; and he is also "the firstborn from the dead", or "the first begotten of the dead", Colossians 1:18 being raised first from thence by his own power, and to an immortal life; and is the first fruits of them that sleep, and the efficient and meritorious cause of the resurrection of life, and the pattern and exemplar of it: even him the Father promises to make "higher than the kings of the earth"; having a kingdom of a superior nature to theirs, and a more extensive and durable one; and even they themselves shall be subject to him; hence he is called "King of kings", Revelation 19:16. This will be when their kingdoms become his; when they shall fall down before him, and worship him, and bring their riches and glory into his kingdom, or the New Jerusalem church state, Psalm 72:10. This passage is interpreted of the Messiah by the Jews (f).

(f) In Shemot Rabba, s. 19. fol. 104. 4. 89:19-37 The Lord anointed David with the holy oil, not only as an emblem of the graces and gifts he received, but as a type of Christ, the King Priest, and Prophet, anointed with the Holy Ghost without measure. David after his anointing, was persecuted, but none could gain advantage against him. Yet all this was a faint shadow of the Redeemer's sufferings, deliverance, glory, and authority, in whom alone these predictions and promises are fully brought to pass. He is the mighty God. This is the Redeemer appointed for us, who alone is able to complete the work of our salvation. Let us seek an interest in these blessings, by the witness of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. As the Lord corrected the posterity of David for their transgressions, so his people shall be corrected for their sins. Yet it is but a rod, not a sword; it is to correct, not to destroy. It is a rod in the hand of God, who is wise, and knows what he does; gracious, and will do what is best. It is a rod which they shall never feel, but when there is need. As the sun and moon remain in heaven, whatever changes there seem to be in them, and again appear in due season; so the covenant of grace made in Christ, whatever alteration seems to come to it, should not be questioned.
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