New International Version
it will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky."
King James Bible
It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.
Darby Bible Translation
It shall be established for ever as the moon, and the witness in the sky is firm. 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.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
As the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven - That is, as long as the sun and moon shall endure, as long as time shall last, his kingdom shall last among men. The moon appears to be termed a faithful witness here, 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 the 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. This is the case with the Mohammedans to the present day. Or the rainbow may be intended; that sign which God has established in the cloud; that faithful witness of his that the earth shall no more be destroyed by water. As long therefore as the sun, the moon, and the rainbow appear in the heavens, so long shall the spiritual David reign, and his seed prosper and increase.
Selah - It is confirmed; it shall not fail.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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.
'Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of Thy countenance.'--PSALM lxxxix. 15. The Psalmist has just been setting forth, in sublime language, the glories of the divine character--God's strength, His universal sway, the justice and judgment which are the foundation of His Throne, the mercy and truth which go as heralds before His face. A heathen singing of any of his gods would have gone on to describe the form and features of the god or goddess who …
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and he will reign over Jacob's descendants forever; his kingdom will never end."
"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.'"
Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high.
May he endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations.
and he established them for ever and ever-- he issued a decree that will never pass away.
"Only if these decrees vanish from my sight," declares the LORD, "will Israel ever cease being a nation before me." declares the LORD.
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