Psalm 85:13
New International Version
Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.

New Living Translation
Righteousness goes as a herald before him, preparing the way for his steps.

English Standard Version
Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way.

Berean Study Bible
Righteousness will go before Him to prepare the way for His steps.

King James Bible
Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.

New King James Version
Righteousness will go before Him, And shall make His footsteps our pathway.

New American Standard Bible
Righteousness will go before Him And will make His footsteps into a way.

NASB 1995
Righteousness will go before Him And will make His footsteps into a way.

NASB 1977
Righteousness will go before Him, And will make His footsteps into a way.

Amplified Bible
Righteousness will go before Him And will make His footsteps into a way [in which to walk].

Christian Standard Bible
Righteousness will go before him to prepare the way for his steps.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Righteousness will go before Him to prepare the way for His steps.

American Standard Version
Righteousness shall go before him, And shall make his footsteps a way to walk in .

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the righteous one will walk before him and he will establish his steps in the Earth!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set his steps in the way.

Contemporary English Version
Justice will march in front, making a path for you to follow.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Justice shall walk before him: and shall set his steps in the way.

English Revised Version
Righteousness shall go before him; and shall make his footsteps a way to walk in.

Good News Translation
Righteousness will go before the LORD and prepare the path for him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Righteousness will go ahead of him and make a path for his steps.

International Standard Version
Righteousness will go before him to prepare a path for his steps.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Righteousness shall go before Him, And shall make His footsteps a way.

Literal Standard Version
Righteousness goes before Him, And makes a way for His footsteps!

NET Bible
Deliverance goes before him, and prepares a pathway for him.

New Heart English Bible
Righteousness goes before him, And prepares the way for his steps.

World English Bible
Righteousness goes before him, And prepares the way for his steps. A Prayer by David.

Young's Literal Translation
Righteousness before Him goeth, And maketh His footsteps for a way!

Additional Translations ...
Context
You Showed Favor to Your Land
12The LORD will indeed provide what is good, and our land will yield its increase. 13Righteousness will go before Him to prepare the way for His steps.

Cross References
Psalm 23:3
He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for the sake of His name.

Psalm 50:23
He who sacrifices a thank offering honors Me, and to him who rights his way, I will show the salvation of God."

Psalm 89:14
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; loving devotion and faithfulness go before You.

Isaiah 58:8
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will come quickly. Your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.


Treasury of Scripture

Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.

righteousness

Psalm 72:2,3
He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment…

Psalm 89:14
Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

Isaiah 58:8
Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.

shall set

Psalm 119:35
Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.

Matthew 20:27,28
And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: …

John 13:14-16,34
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet…









(13) Righteousness shall . . .--Better, Righteousness shall walk in front of Him, and follow in His steps.

Nothing is more instructive than the blending in Psalm 85:12-13 of material and moral blessings. They do go together, as experience, especially national testifies. In the same spirit is Wordsworth's well-known Ode to Duty:

"Stern Law-giver! Yet thou dost wear

The Godhead's most benignant grace,

Nor know we anything so fair

As is the smile upon thy face.

Flowers laugh before thee on their beds,

And fragrance in thy footing treads:

Thou dost preserve the stars from wrong,

And the most ancient heavens through Thee are . . .

Verse 13. - Righteousness shall go before him. Prepare the way, i.e., for the restoration of the people to God's favour (compare the first clause of ver. 11, and the second of ver. 12). And shall set us in the way of his steps; i.e. cause his people to walk in the way marked out by his footsteps - i.e. by the indications of his will either in nature or in the written Word.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Righteousness
צֶ֭דֶק (ṣe·ḏeq)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6664: The right, equity, prosperity

will go
יְהַלֵּ֑ךְ (yə·hal·lêḵ)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

before Him
לְפָנָ֣יו (lə·p̄ā·nāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6440: The face

to prepare
וְיָשֵׂ֖ם (wə·yā·śêm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

the way
לְדֶ֣רֶךְ (lə·ḏe·reḵ)
Preposition-l | Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

for His steps.
פְּעָמָֽיו׃ (pə·‘ā·māw)
Noun - feminine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6471: A beat, foot, anvil, occurrence


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