Psalm 85:8
New International Version
I will listen to what God the LORD says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants-- but let them not turn to folly.

New Living Translation
I listen carefully to what God the LORD is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways.

English Standard Version
Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly.

Berean Study Bible
I will listen to what God the LORD will say; for He will surely speak peace to His people and His saints; He will not let them return to folly.

New American Standard Bible
I will hear what God the LORD will say; For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones; But let them not turn back to folly.

King James Bible
I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

Christian Standard Bible
I will listen to what God will say; surely the LORD will declare peace to his people, his faithful ones, and not let them go back to foolish ways.

Contemporary English Version
I will listen to you, LORD God, because you promise peace to those who are faithful and no longer foolish.

Good News Translation
I am listening to what the LORD God is saying; he promises peace to us, his own people, if we do not go back to our foolish ways.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will listen to what God will say; surely the LORD will declare peace to His people, His godly ones, and not let them go back to foolish ways.

International Standard Version
Let me listen to what God, the LORD, says; for the LORD will promise peace to his people, to his holy ones; may they not return to foolishness.

NET Bible
I will listen to what God the LORD says. For he will make peace with his people, his faithful followers. Yet they must not return to their foolish ways.

New Heart English Bible
I will hear what God, the LORD, will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, his faithful ones; but let them not turn again to folly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That we may hear what Lord Jehovah God speaks, who speaks peace with his people and with his righteous ones, lest they turn their back!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I want to hear what God the LORD says, because he promises peace to his people, to his godly ones. But they must not go back to their stupidity.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I will hear what God the LORD will speak; For He will speak peace unto His people, and to His saints; But let them not turn back to folly.

New American Standard 1977
I will hear what God the LORD will say; For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones; But let them not turn back to folly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace unto his people and to his saints, that they not turn again to folly.

King James 2000 Bible
I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

American King James Version
I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace to his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

American Standard Version
I will hear what God Jehovah will speak; For he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: But let them not turn again to folly.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I will hear what the Lord God will say concerning me: for he shall speak peace to his people, and to his saints, and to those that turn their heart toward him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will hear what the Lord God will speak in me: for he will speak peace unto his people: And unto his saints: and unto them that are converted to the heart.

Darby Bible Translation
I will hear what God, Jehovah, will speak; for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his godly ones: but let them not turn again to folly.

English Revised Version
I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

Webster's Bible Translation
I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace to his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

World English Bible
I will hear what God, Yahweh, will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, his saints; but let them not turn again to folly.

Young's Literal Translation
I hear what God Jehovah speaketh, For He speaketh peace unto His people, And unto His saints, and they turn not back to folly.
Study Bible
You Showed Favor to Your Land
7Show us Your loving devotion, O LORD, and grant us Your salvation. 8I will listen to what God the LORD will say; for He will surely speak peace to His people and His saints; He will not let them return to folly. 9Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, that His glory may dwell in our land.…
Cross References
2 Peter 2:21
It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than to have known it and turned away from the holy commandment passed on to them.

Leviticus 26:6
And I will give peace to the land, and you will lie down with nothing to fear. I will rid the land of dangerous animals, and no sword will pass through your land.

Numbers 9:8
"Wait here until I hear what the LORD commands concerning you," Moses replied.

Psalm 29:11
The LORD gives His people strength; the LORD blesses His people with peace.

Psalm 78:57
They turned back and were faithless like their fathers, twisted like a faulty bow.

Isaiah 32:17
The work of righteousness will be peace; the service of righteousness will be quiet confidence forever.

Habakkuk 2:1
I will stand at my guard post and station myself on the ramparts. I will watch to see what He will say to me and how I will answer my reproof.

Haggai 2:9
The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former, says the LORD of Hosts. And in this place I will provide peace, declares the LORD of Hosts."

Zechariah 9:10
And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the horse from Jerusalem, and the bow of war will be broken. Then He will proclaim peace to the nations; His dominion will extend from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates to the ends of the earth.

Treasury of Scripture

I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace to his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

hear

Habakkuk 2:1
I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.

Hebrews 12:25
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

for he

Psalm 29:11
The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

Isaiah 57:19
I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.

Zechariah 9:10
And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.

to his

Psalm 50:5
Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.

Ephesians 1:1,2
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: …

but

Psalm 130:4
But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

John 5:14
Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

John 8:11
She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

folly

Genesis 34:7
And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter; which thing ought not to be done.

1 Samuel 25:25
Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send.

Proverbs 25:11
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.







Lexicon
I will listen
אֶשְׁמְעָ֗ה (’eš·mə·‘āh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

to what
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

God
הָאֵ֪ל ׀ (hā·’êl)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 410: Strength -- as adjective, mighty, the Almighty

the LORD
יְה֫וָ֥ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

will say;
יְדַבֵּר֮ (yə·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

for
כִּ֤י ׀ (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

He will surely speak
יְדַבֵּ֬ר (yə·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

peace
שָׁל֗וֹם (šā·lō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7965: Safe, well, happy, friendly, welfare, health, prosperity, peace

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

His people
עַמּ֥וֹ (‘am·mōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

and
וְאֶל־ (wə·’el-)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

His saints;
חֲסִידָ֑יו (ḥă·sî·ḏāw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2623: Kind, pious

He will not
וְֽאַל־ (wə·’al-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

let them return
יָשׁ֥וּבוּ (yā·šū·ḇū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

to folly.
לְכִסְלָֽה׃ (lə·ḵis·lāh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3690: Stupidity, confidence
(8) Speak peace . . .--This word "peace" comprehends all that the nation sighed for:

"Peace,

Dear nurse of arts, plenties, and joyful truth."

To Christians the word has a higher meaning still, which directed the choice of this psalm for Christmas Day.

Folly.--See Psalm 14:1; Psalm 49:13. Here it most probably implies idolatry.

Verses 8-13. - The joyful anticipation. The psalmist anticipates a favourable answer to his prayer, and proceeds to note down the chief points of it. God will "speak peace to his people" (ver. 8), bring his salvation near to them (ver. 9), contrive a way by which "mercy and truth," "righteousness and peace," shall be reconciled (vers. 10, 11), shower blessings on his land (ver. 12), and guide his people in the way marked out by his own footsteps (ver. 13). Verse 8. - I will hear what God the Lord will speak; i.e. "I will wait now and hear the Divine answer to my prayers" (comp. Habakkuk 3:1, "I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me"). For he will speak peace unto his people. He will give them a gentle answer - one breathing peace and loving kindness. And to his saints. And especially he will so answer the elite of his people - the khasidim, "his saints," or "loving ones." But let them not turn again to folly (comp. Ezra 9:10-14). If, after the deliverance that they had experienced, they turned again to such "folly" as had brought on their misfortunes, it would make their end worse than their beginning. 85:8-13 Sooner or later, God will speak peace to his people. If he do not command outward peace, yet he will suggest inward peace; speaking to their hearts by his Spirit. Peace is spoken only to those who turn from sin. All sin is folly, especially backsliding; it is the greatest folly to return to sin. Surely God's salvation is nigh, whatever our difficulties and distresses are. Also, his honour is secured, that glory may dwell in our land. And the truth of the promises is shown by the Divine mercy in sending the Redeemer. The Divine justice is now satisfied by the great atonement. Christ, the way, truth, and life, sprang out of the earth when he took our nature upon him, and Divine justice looked upon him well pleased and satisfied. For his sake all good things, especially his Holy Spirit, are given to those who ask him. Through Christ, the pardoned sinner becomes fruitful in good works, and by looking to and trusting in the Saviour's righteousness, finds his feet set in the way of his steps. Righteousness is a sure guide, both in meeting God, and in following him
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