Psalm 89:5
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New International Version
The heavens praise your wonders, LORD, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.

New Living Translation
All heaven will praise your great wonders, LORD; myriads of angels will praise you for your faithfulness.

English Standard Version
Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!

New American Standard Bible
The heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

King James Bible
And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
LORD, the heavens praise Your wonders-- Your faithfulness also-- in the assembly of the holy ones.

International Standard Version
Even the heavens praise your awesome deeds, LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.

NET Bible
O LORD, the heavens praise your amazing deeds, as well as your faithfulness in the angelic assembly.

New Heart English Bible
The heavens will praise your wonders, LORD; your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The Heavens shall confess your wonders, Lord Jehovah, and your faithfulness in the congregation of the Holy Ones.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O LORD, the heavens praise your miracles and your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So shall the heavens praise Thy wonders, O LORD, Thy faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

New American Standard 1977
And the heavens will praise Thy wonders, O LORD;
            Thy faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the heavens shall praise thy wonder, O LORD, thy truth also in the congregation of the saints.

King James 2000 Bible
And the heavens shall praise your wonders, O LORD: your faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.

American King James Version
And the heavens shall praise your wonders, O LORD: your faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.

American Standard Version
And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Jehovah; Thy faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The heavens shall confess thy wonders, O Lord: and thy truth in the church of the saints.

Darby Bible Translation
And the heavens shall celebrate thy wonders, O Jehovah, and thy faithfulness in the congregation of the saints.

English Revised Version
And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD; thy faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD; thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.

World English Bible
The heavens will praise your wonders, Yahweh; your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

Young's Literal Translation
and the heavens confess Thy wonders, O Jehovah, Thy faithfulness also is in an assembly of holy ones.
Study Bible
I will Sing of His Love Forever
4I will establish your seed forever And build up your throne to all generations." Selah. 5The heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones. 6For who in the skies is comparable to the LORD? Who among the sons of the mighty is like the LORD,…
Cross References
Job 5:1
"Call now, is there anyone who will answer you? And to which of the holy ones will you turn?

Psalm 1:5
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

Psalm 19:1
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

Psalm 50:6
And the heavens declare His righteousness, For God Himself is judge. Selah.

Psalm 89:1
A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite. I will sing of the lovingkindness of the LORD forever; To all generations I will make known Your faithfulness with my mouth.

Psalm 89:7
A God greatly feared in the council of the holy ones, And awesome above all those who are around Him?

Psalm 97:6
The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples have seen His glory.

Psalm 149:1
Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones.
Treasury of Scripture

And the heavens shall praise your wonders, O LORD: your faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.

heavens

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork.

Psalm 50:6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge …

Psalm 97:6 The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.

Isaiah 44:23 Sing, O you heavens; for the LORD has done it: shout, you lower parts …

Luke 2:10-15 And the angel said to them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good …

Ephesians 3:10 To the intent that now to the principalities and powers in heavenly …

1 Peter 1:12 To whom it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to us they did …

Revelation 5:11-14 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the …

Revelation 7:10-12 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sits …

in the congregation

Psalm 89:7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to …

Deuteronomy 33:2 And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir to them; …

Daniel 7:10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands …

2 Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall …

Hebrews 12:22,23 But you are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, …

Jude 1:14,15 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, …

Revelation 19:1-6 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, …

(5) The heavens.--Having repeated the Divine promise, the poet appeals to nature and history to confirm his conviction of the enduring character of the truth and grace of God. The heavens are witnesses of it as in Psalm 1:4; Psalm 1:6; Psalm 97:6.

Shall praise.--The present tense would be better.

Wonders.--In the original the word is singular, perhaps as summing up all the covenant faithfulness as one great display of wonder.

Saints.--Here, apparently, not spoken of Israel, but of the hosts above. (See next verse; comp. Job 4:18; Job 15:15 for the same term, "holy ones," for angels.)

Verses 5-37. - The psalmist carries out the intention proclaimed in ver. 1, and proceeds to "sing of the mercies of the Lord" at great length. His song of praise divides into two portions. From ver. 5 to ver. 18 it is a general laudation of the Almighty for his greatness in heaven (vers. 5-7), in nature (vers. 9, 11, 12), and in the course of his rule on earth (vers. 10, 13-18), after which it passes into a laudation of him in respect of what he had done, and what he had promised, to David (vers. 19-37). Verse 5. - And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord. "The heavens" here are not the material heavens, as in Psalm 19. l, but the company of the dwellers in heaven. God's praise fittingly begins with them. Thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints. The "congregation of the saints" is the company of angels (comp. Job 5:1; Job 15:15). Not on earth only (vers. 1, 2), but in heaven also God's "faithfulness" is the theme of song. And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord,.... Which, by a prosopopceia, may be understood of the heavens literally, in the same sense as other inanimate creatures praise the Lord, Psalm 148:3, or mystically of the church, consisting of heaven born souls, and whose doctrines and ordinances are from heaven; or of the apostles, as Jerom, who had their ministry, mission, commission, and gifts, from thence; or rather of the angels, the inhabitants of heaven, who praise the Lord for his wonderful works of nature, providence, and grace, Psalm 148:2, particularly they admire and praise the wonderful work of redemption "that wonderful thing of thine" (m), as the word may be rendered, being in the singular number: the person of the Redeemer is wonderful, and that is his name; his incarnation is a most amazing thing, it is the great mystery of godliness; and the redemption wrought out by him is the wonder of men and angels: when he appeared in the world, the angels of God worshipped him; at his birth, they sung glory to God in the highest; and the mysteries of his grace are what they look into with wonder and praise, Hebrews 1:6,

thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints; i.e. is praised there; which Aben Ezra and Kimchi interpret of the angels also, who are called saints, Deuteronomy 33:2, of which there is a congregation, even an innumerable company, Revelation 19:6, these not only admire and praise the wonderful works of the Lord, but his perfections also; and particularly his faithfulness in the execution of promises and threatenings, Revelation 7:11, but rather holy men are meant, such as are called to be saints, and are gathered together in a Gospel church state, designed by a congregation of them, among and by whom the truth and faithfulness of God, as well as his lovingkindness and mercy, are spoken of with the highest commendation, Psalm 40:9.

(m) "mirabile tuum", Pagninus, Montanus, Cocceius, Gerjus; "mirabile apus tuum", Junius & Tremellius; "illud miraculum tuum", Michaelis. 5 And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.

6 For who in the heaven can be compared unto the Lord? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the Lord?

7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.

8 Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee?

9 Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.

10 Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm.

11 The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.

12 The north and the south thou hast created them: Tabor and Herman shall rejoice in thy name.

13 Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.

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

Psalm 89:5

"And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord." Looking down upon what God had done, and was about to do, in connection with his covenant of grace, all heaven would be filled with adoring wonder. The sun and moon, which had been made tokens of the covenant, would praise God for such an extraordinary display of mercy, and the angels and redeemed spirits would sing, "as it were, a new song." "Thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints." By which is probably intended the holy ones on earth. So that the "whole family in heaven and earth" would join in the praise. Earth and heaven are one in admiring and adoring the covenant God: Saints above see most clearly into the heights and depths of divine love, therefore, they praise its wonders; and saints below, being conscious of their many sins and multiplied provocations of the Lord, admire his faithfulness. The heavens broke forth with music at the wonders of mercy contained in the glad tidings concerning Bethlehem, and the saints who came together in the temple magnified the faithfulness of God at the birth of the Son of David. Since that auspicious day, the general assembly on high and the sacred congregation below have not ceased to sing unto Jehovah, the Lord that keepeth covenant with his elect.

Psalm 89:6

"For who in the heaven can be compared unto the Lord;" therefore all heaven worships him, seeing none can equal him. "Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the Lord?" - therefore the assemblies of the saints on earth adore him, seeing none can rival him. Until we can find one equally worthy to be praised, we will give unto the Lord alone all the homage of our praise. Neither among the sons of the morning nor the sons of the mighty can any peer be found for Jehovah, yea none that can be mentioned in the same day; therefore he is rightly praised. Since the Lord Jesus, both as God and as man, is far above all creatures, he also is to be devoutly worshipped. How full of poetic fire is this verse! How bold is the challenge! How triumphant the holy boasting! The sweet singer dwells upon the name of Jehovah with evident exultation; to him the God of Israel is God indeed and God alone. He closely follows the language long before rehearsed by Miriam, when she sang, "Who is like unto thee, O Jehovah, among the gods? Who is like thee?" His thoughts are evidently flying back to the days of Moses and the marvels of the Red Sea, when God was gloriously known by his incommunicable name; there is a ring of timbrels in the double question, and a sound as of the twinkling feet of rejoicing maidens. Have we no poets now? Is there not a man among us who can compose hymns flaming with this spirit? O, Spirit of the living God, be thou the inspirer of some master minds among us!

continued...89:5-14 The more God's works are known, the more they are admired. And to praise the Lord, is to acknowledge him to be such a one that there is none like him. Surely then we should feel and express reverence when we worship God. But how little of this appears in our congregations, and how much cause have we to humble ourselves on this account! That almighty power which smote Egypt, will scatter the enemies of the church, while all who trust in God's mercy will rejoice in his name; for mercy and truth direct all he does. His counsels from eternity, and their consequences to eternity, are all justice and judgment.
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