New American Standard Bible
He will abide before God forever; Appoint lovingkindness and truth that they may preserve him.
King James Bible
He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.
Darby Bible Translation
He shall abide before God for ever: bestow loving-kindness and truth, that they may preserve him.
World English Bible
He shall be enthroned in God's presence forever. Appoint your loving kindness and truth, that they may preserve him.
Young's Literal Translation
He dwelleth to the age before God, Kindness and truth appoint -- they keep him.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
He shall abide before God for ever - That is, perpetually; without danger of change, or of being driven into exile. This may allude, however, to the hope which David had that he would always live with God in a higher world - a world where there would be no danger of change or banishment. His restoration to his home, to his throne, and to the privileges of the sanctuary, he may have regarded as an emblem of his ultimate reception into a peaceful heaven, and his mind may have glanced rapidly from the one to the other. On earth, after his restoration, he would have no fear that he would be banished again; in heaven, of which such a restoration might be regarded as an emblem, there could be no change, no exile.
O prepare mercy and truth - literally, divide, or divide out; then, allot or appoint; and then, make ready or prepare. The prayer is, that God would measure out to him, or impart to him, such favor that this desire of his heart would be realized. On the phrase mercy and truth, see Psalm 25:10, note; Psalm 57:3, note; Psalm 57:10, note.
Which may preserve him - They will preserve him. That is, the manifestation of such mercy and truth would make his permanent occupancy of his throne on earth, and his ultimate reception into heaven, secure.
LibraryThe Far and Near
Gerhard Ter Steegen Ps. lxi. 4 In Him we live, in Him we move; seek not thy God afar; He is not prisoned in a height above sun, moon, and star. But thou through strange dark lands hast strayed, and wandered far from Him; And therfore He, O Soul, to thee, is distant and is dim. Lord, I was in the far-off land, I loved from Thee to stray, And when unto myself I came, a swine-herd far away, One moment--then the welcome sweet, the kiss, the Father's Home; Far distant was the distance; to Thy bosom I …
Frances Bevan—Hymns of Ter Steegen, Suso, and Others
The Horns of the Altar
You, O LORD, will not withhold Your compassion from me; Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me.
As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, And You set me in Your presence forever.
A Song of Ascents. Those who trust in the LORD Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever.
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