Psalm 94:15
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New International Version
Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it.

New Living Translation
Judgment will again be founded on justice, and those with virtuous hearts will pursue it.

English Standard Version
for justice will return to the righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.

New American Standard Bible
For judgment will again be righteous, And all the upright in heart will follow it.

King James Bible
But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for justice will again be righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.

International Standard Version
Righteousness will be restored with justice, and all the pure of heart will follow it.

NET Bible
For justice will prevail, and all the morally upright will be vindicated.

New Heart English Bible
For judgment will return to righteousness. All the upright in heart shall follow it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because judgment returns after The Righteous One, and after him all the upright of heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The decisions of judges will again become fair, and everyone whose motives are decent will pursue justice.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For right shall return unto justice, And all the upright in heart shall follow it.

New American Standard 1977
For judgment will again be righteous;
            And all the upright in heart will follow it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the judgment shall be returned unto righteousness, and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

King James 2000 Bible
But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

American King James Version
But judgment shall return to righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

American Standard Version
For judgment shall return unto righteousness; And all the upright in heart shall follow it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Until justice be turned into judgment: and they that are near it are all the upright in heart.

Darby Bible Translation
For judgment shall return unto righteousness, and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

English Revised Version
For judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

Webster's Bible Translation
But judgment shall return to righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

World English Bible
For judgment will return to righteousness. All the upright in heart shall follow it.

Young's Literal Translation
For to righteousness judgment turneth back, And after it all the upright of heart,
Study Bible
The Lord will Not Forget His People
14For the LORD will not abandon His people, Nor will He forsake His inheritance. 15For judgment will again be righteous, And all the upright in heart will follow it. 16Who will stand up for me against evildoers? Who will take his stand for me against those who do wickedness?…
Cross References
Psalm 97:2
Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.

Psalm 125:4
Do good, O LORD, to those who are good And to those who are upright in their hearts.

Isaiah 42:3
"A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.

Isaiah 51:1
"Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, Who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were hewn And to the quarry from which you were dug.

Micah 7:9
I will bear the indignation of the LORD Because I have sinned against Him, Until He pleads my case and executes justice for me. He will bring me out to the light, And I will see His righteousness.
Treasury of Scripture

But judgment shall return to righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

but

Psalm 94:2,3 Lift up yourself, you judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud…

Psalm 7:8,9 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my …

Psalm 9:16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executes: the wicked is …

Psalm 58:11 So that a man shall say, Truly there is a reward for the righteous: …

Psalm 125:3 For the rod of the wicked shall not rest on the lot of the righteous; …

Deuteronomy 32:35,36 To me belongs vengeance and recompense; their foot shall slide in …

Job 35:14 Although you say you shall not see him, yet judgment is before him; …

Micah 7:9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against …

Malachi 3:18 Then shall you return, and discern between the righteous and the …

2 Peter 3:8-10 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is …

Revelation 15:3,4 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song …

and all

Psalm 37:5-7,34 Commit your way to the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass…

Psalm 125:4,5 Do good, O LORD, to those that be good, and to them that are upright …

Job 17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that has clean hands …

Job 23:11,12 My foot has held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined…

James 5:7-11 Be patient therefore, brothers, to the coming of the Lord. Behold, …

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been …

shall follow it. Heb. shall be after it

(15) But.--Better, For; literally, for to righteousness judgment shall turn, and after it all upright in heart--i.e., there shall no longer be the seeming contradiction in things. God's righteousness will triumph over the injustice under which Israel groans; His ways will be vindicated, so that all the upright in heart will acknowledge that "there is a reward for the righteous, a God who judges in the earth" (Psalm 58:11). Luther's fine paraphrase, "For Right must, whatever happens, remain Right," expresses the feeling; but, better still, the question, "Shall not the Lord of all the earth do right?" The phrase, "shall after it," is a common one for expressing attachment and adherence to a party or cause (Exodus 23:2; 2Samuel 2:10; Psalm 49:13), and specially of adherence to Jehovah (1Samuel 12:14; 1Kings 14:8).

Verse 15. - But judgment shall return unto righteousness. "Judgment," i.e. God's actual award of good and evil upon the earth, which has seemed to be divorced from justice, while the ungodly have prospered and the pious been afflicted (vers. 3-6), shall in the end "return unto righteousness," i.e. once more, evidently, conform to it and coincide with it. And all the upright in heart shall follow it; i.e. "and then all honest hearted men shall recognize the fact, see it, and rejoice in it." But judgment shall return unto righteousness,.... Which may be understood either of the judgment and righteousness of God, which seemed to be parted, and stand at a distance from each other; his conduct and government of the world from his justice; the righteous being persecuted and afflicted, and wicked men suffered to prosper; which sometimes makes it difficult to reconcile the judgment of God, or his government of the world, to his justice; see Jeremiah 12:1, but as this has been made manifest in the destruction of the Jews, and in the downfall of Rome Pagan, the first persecutors of the Christians; so it will be seen in Rome Papal, when the judgments of God will be manifest, and appear to be just and true; and these two, judgment and justice, will openly come together, in the sight of all; as they also will at the last judgment; see Revelation 15:4 or else of the righteousness of men, which, in times of general corruption, seems to be fled from them, and to stand at a distance, from their conduct and behaviour; as in the old world before the flood, and in the times Isaiah beautifully describes, Isaiah 59:14, and in the times of Christ and his apostles; and in the persecuting times of Rome Pagan and Papal; and as it will be at the time of the slaying of the witnesses; but upon the rising of them, which will not be long after, there will be a great pouring down of the Spirit, and a general reformation will follow throughout the world; all the Lord's people will be righteous, not only nominally, but really; every pot in Jerusalem shall be holy; and holiness shall be so common as that it is said it shall be upon the bells of the horses; and in the new heavens and new earth will dwell none but righteous persons; and then judgment and righteousness will come together indeed:

and all the upright in heart shall follow it; either judgment, as Jarchi; or righteousness, as Kimchi; not the righteousness of the law, but the righteousness of faith; or rather practical righteousness, works of righteousness, which both the grace wrought in them, and the doctrine of grace received by them, will teach, influence, and engage to pursue after with eagerness: or else the meaning is, that such who are "upright in heart"; who have new hearts and right spirits formed in them; who have the truth of grace, and the root of the matter, in them; whose hearts, words, and actions, agree; who are sincere souls, Israelites indeed, in whom is no guile; these will approve and applaud the righteous judgments of God upon antichrist; they shall follow the justice of God with their commendations and praises; see Revelation 15:3. The words may be rendered, "and all the upright in heart shall be after him" (d), the Lord; they shall follow him whithersoever he goes, as sheep follow the shepherd, servants their masters, and soldiers their general; they shall follow him in his own ways, observe his commands, and obey his orders; see the description of such that will be with Christ, and follow him, before and at the time of antichrist's ruin, Revelation 14:4. The Targum is,

"after him shall be redeemed all the upright in heart.''

(d) "post ipsum", Musculus, Gejerus. 94:12-23 That man is blessed, who, under the chastening of the Lord, is taught his will and his truths, from his holy word, and by the Holy Spirit. He should see mercy through his sufferings. There is a rest remaining for the people of God after the days of their adversity, which shall not last always. He that sends the trouble, will send the rest. The psalmist found succour and relief only in the Lord, when all earthly friends failed. We are beholden, not only to God's power, but to his pity, for spiritual supports; and if we have been kept from falling into sin, or shrinking from our duty, we should give him the glory, and encourage our brethren. The psalmist had many troubled thoughts concerning the case he was in, concerning the course he should take, and what was likely to be the end of it. The indulgence of such contrivances and fears, adds to care and distrust, and renders our views more gloomy and confused. Good men sometimes have perplexed and distressed thoughts concerning God. But let them look to the great and precious promises of the gospel. The world's comforts give little delight to the soul, when hurried with melancholy thoughts; but God's comforts bring that peace and pleasure which the smiles of the world cannot give, and which the frowns of the world cannot take away. God is his people's Refuge, to whom they may flee, in whom they are safe, and may be secure. And he will reckon with the wicked. A man cannot be more miserable than his own wickedness will make him, if the Lord visit it upon him.
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