Psalm 89:37
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New International Version
it will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky."

New Living Translation
It will be as eternal as the moon, my faithful witness in the sky!" Interlude

English Standard Version
Like the moon it shall be established forever, a faithful witness in the skies.” Selah

New American Standard Bible
"It shall be established forever like the moon, And the witness in the sky is faithful." Selah.

King James Bible
It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
like the moon, established forever, a faithful witness in the sky." Selah

International Standard Version
It will be established forever like the moon, a faithful witness in the sky." Interlude

NET Bible
it will remain stable, like the moon, his throne will endure like the skies." (Selah)

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And he will be established like the moon for eternity, a faithful witness in Heaven.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Like the moon his throne will stand firm forever. It will be like a faithful witness in heaven."

Jubilee Bible 2000
It shall be established for ever as the moon and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
It shall be established forever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.

American King James Version
It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.

American Standard Version
It shall be established for ever as the moon, And as the faithful witness in the sky. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
And his throne as the sun before me: and as the moon perfect for ever, and a faithful witness in heaven.

Darby Bible Translation
It shall be established for ever as the moon, and the witness in the sky is firm. Selah.

English Revised Version
It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as the faithful witness in the sky. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.

World English Bible
It will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky." Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
As the moon it is established -- to the age, And the witness in the sky is stedfast. Selah.
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 37. - It shall be established forever as the moon (comp. Psalm 72:7). And as a faithful witness in heaven. Some understand this expression of the moon; but, as Professor Cheyne comments, "Who could witness (or declare) that such great things were true but Jehovah?" (So too Delitzsch, Kay, and Canon Cook.) If this be regarded as the true meaning, it will be better to translate, "the true witness." Job's citation of God as his witness (Job 16:19) is scarcely parallel.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

It shall be established for ever as the moon,.... Either Christ's seed, or throne, which comes to much the same sense; for by both are meant his church and people, his kingdom and interest in the world; the moon is as perpetual as the sun, and is used as elsewhere to signify the continuance of the people, church, and interest of Christ, Psalm 72:5, for though the moon has its spots, and is changeable, sometimes in the full, and sometimes in the decline, yet always is, and always continues, and ever will; and so though the people of God have their spots and imperfections, and are sometimes on the decline in the frames and dispositions of their minds, in the exercise of grace, in their spirituality, liveliness, and zeal, and in their walk and conversation in the church and world; yet they shall abide and persevere to the end; and though the church may be like the moon in the wane, be declining as to numbers, gifts, and graces, yet it shall continue and be established; it is sometimes indeed in a fluctuating state, and is not always in the same place, but is removed from one country to another; yet it always is somewhere, even though in the wilderness, and ere long will be established on the top of the mountains, and be no more a tabernacle that shall be taken down; see Psalm 48:8.

and as a faithful witness in heaven: or "in the sky or cloud" (b); some understand this of the moon, others of both sun and moon; but it seems best to interpret it of something distinct from either, even of the rainbow, which though it does not always appear in the clouds, yet it has appeared at times, and does and will unto the end of the world; and be a faithful and an everlasting token and witness of the covenant of God made with all creatures, that he will no more destroy the world by a flood, Genesis 9:12, and is an emblem of the covenant of grace, and of the continuance, perpetuity, and immutability of it; see Isaiah 54:9.

Selah. See Gill on Psalm 3:2.

(b) "in aethere", Montanus, Tigurine version, Vatablus; "in superiore nube", Junius & Tremellius; "in nubibus", Gejerus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

37. It shall … moon … heaven—literally, "As the moon, and the witness in the sky is sure, that is, the moon."

Psalm 89:37 Additional Commentaries
Context
I will Sing of His Love Forever
36"His descendants shall endure forever And his throne as the sun before Me. 37"It shall be established forever like the moon, And the witness in the sky is faithful." Selah. 38But You have cast off and rejected, You have been full of wrath against Your anointed.…
Cross References
Luke 1:33
and he will reign over Jacob's descendants forever; his kingdom will never end."

Judges 5:31
"So may all your enemies perish, LORD! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength." Then the land had peace forty years.

2 Samuel 7:16
Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.'"

Job 16:19
Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high.

Psalm 72:5
May he endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations.

Psalm 148:6
and he established them for ever and ever-- he issued a decree that will never pass away.

Jeremiah 31:36
"Only if these decrees vanish from my sight," declares the LORD, "will Israel ever cease being a nation before me." declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 33:20
"This is what the LORD says: 'If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time,
Treasury of Scripture

It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.

it shall. That is, as long as the sun and moon shall endure, as long as time shall last, his kingdom shall continue among men. The moon is probably termed a faithful witness, because by her, particularly, time is measured. Her decrease and increase are especially observed by every nation; and by these time is generally estimated, especially among eastern nations:--So many moons is a man old--so many moons since such an event happened; and even their years are reckoned by lunations. Or, the rainbow may be intended; that faithful sign which God has established in the clouds, that the earth shall no more be destroyed by water.

ever

Psalm 72:7 In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace …

Psalm 104:19 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knows his going down.

Genesis 1:14-18 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven …

Jeremiah 31:35,36 Thus said the LORD, which gives the sun for a light by day, and the …

and as

Genesis 9:13-16 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant …

Isaiah 54:9,10 For this is as the waters of Noah to me: for as I have sworn that …

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