Psalm 89:35
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New International Version
Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness-- and I will not lie to David--

New Living Translation
I have sworn an oath to David, and in my holiness I cannot lie:

English Standard Version
Once for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David.

New American Standard Bible
"Once I have sworn by My holiness; I will not lie to David.

King James Bible
Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Once and for all I have sworn an oath by My holiness; I will not lie to David.

International Standard Version
I have sworn by my holiness once for all: I will not lie to David.

NET Bible
Once and for all I have vowed by my own holiness, I will never deceive David.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Once I have sworn in my holiness to David and I shall not lie.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
On my holiness I have taken an oath once and for all: I will not lie to David.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.

King James 2000 Bible
Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.

American King James Version
Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie to David.

American Standard Version
Once have I sworn by my holiness: I will not lie unto David:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Once have I sworn by my holiness: I will not lie unto David:

Darby Bible Translation
Once have I sworn by my holiness; I will not lie unto David:

English Revised Version
Once have I sworn by my holiness; I will not lie unto David;

Webster's Bible Translation
Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie to David.

World English Bible
Once have I sworn by my holiness, I will not lie to David.

Young's Literal Translation
Once I have sworn by My holiness, I lie not to David,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 35. - Ones have I sworn by my holiness; rather, one thing have I sworn. (On God's oath to David, see vers. 3, 49, and Psalm 132:11.) The present passage shows that it was sworn "by his holiness" - i.e. by his absolute moral perfection. That I will not lie unto David; i.e. that I will keep all my promises to him. God, no doubt, always and in every case "keepeth his promise forever" (Psalm 146:6); but in his mercy and loving kindness he condescended to give David a special guarantee of his faithfulness in respect of the promises made to him.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Once have I sworn by my holiness,.... Swearing is ascribed to God after the manner of men, and is done in condescension to the weakness of his people, and to remove doubts and hesitations from them, relating to things spiritual and eternal; as to his everlasting love to them, his covenant with them in Christ, and their perseverance in his grace; and it is made by himself, or one or other of his perfections, as here by his "holiness"; see Amos 4:2, and indeed his holiness being his nature, is no other than he himself, the holy God; and because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, that as sure as he was, and was holy, just, and true, he would make good what he promises, Hebrews 6:13 and this is done but once, once for all, that being sufficient; it need not be repeated, nor is it ever revoked; when he swears, he never repents of it, nor changes his mind; and it is to show the immutability of his counsel that he swears at all, Psalm 110:4,

that I will not lie unto David; he will not lie to any, he cannot, it is impossible he should; it would be to deny himself, it is contrary to his being as God, he is not a man that he should lie; it is contrary to his character as the God of truth; he will not lie, neither in his counsel nor covenant, in his purposes nor promises; these are the two immutable things, in which it is impossible he should lie: and he has swore to it that he will not lie to David, to David's son the Messiah, with whom the covenant is made, and stands fast; all the prophecies concerning him he has fulfilled; and all the promises made to him of help and assistance, as man and Mediator, in his work, and of the reward of it, a glory with him, he has made good.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

35. Once—one thing (Ps 27:4).

by my holiness—as a holy God.

that I will not lie—literally, "if I lie"—part of the form of swearing (1Sa 24:6; 2Sa 3:35).

Psalm 89:35 Additional Commentaries
Context
I will Sing of His Love Forever
34"My covenant I will not violate, Nor will I alter the utterance of My lips. 35"Once I have sworn by My holiness; I will not lie to David. 36"His descendants shall endure forever And his throne as the sun before Me.…
Cross References
Psalm 60:6
God has spoken from his sanctuary: "In triumph I will parcel out Shechem and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.

Psalm 132:11
The LORD swore an oath to David, a sure oath he will not revoke: "One of your own descendants I will place on your throne.

Amos 4:2
The Sovereign LORD has sworn by his holiness: "The time will surely come when you will be taken away with hooks, the last of you with fishhooks.
Treasury of Scripture

Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie to David.

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Psalm 110:4 The LORD has sworn, and will not repent, You are a priest for ever …

Psalm 132:11 The LORD has sworn in truth to David; he will not turn from it; Of …

Amos 4:2 The Lord GOD has sworn by his holiness, that, see, the days shall …

Amos 8:7 The LORD has sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never …

Hebrews 6:13,17 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no …

that I will not lie. Heb. If I lie

2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved …

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before …

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