Psalm 119:89
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English Standard Version
Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.

King James Bible
LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

American Standard Version
For ever, O Jehovah, Thy word is settled in heaven.

Douay-Rheims Bible
[LAMED] For ever, O Lord, thy word standeth firm in heaven.

English Revised Version
LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

Webster's Bible Translation
LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The eightfold Kaph. This strengthening according to God's promise is his earnest desire (כּלה) now, when within a very little his enemies have compassed his ruin (כּלּה). His soul and eyes languish (כּלה as in Psalm 69:4; Psalm 84:3, cf. Job 19:27) for God's salvation, that it may be unto him according to God's word or promise, that this word may be fulfilled. In Psalm 119:83 כּי is hypothetical, as in Psalm 21:12 and frequently; here, as perhaps also in Psalm 27:10, in the sense of "although" (Ew. ֗362, b). He does not suffer anything to drive God's word out of his mind, although he is already become like a leathern bottle blackened and shrivelled up in the smoke. The custom of the ancients of placing jars with wine over the smoke in order to make the wine prematurely old, i.e., to mellow it (vid., Rosenm׬ller), does not yield anything towards the understanding of this passage: the skin-bottle that is not intended for present use is hung up on high; and the fact that it had to withstand the upward ascending smoke is intelligible, notwithstanding the absence of any mention of the chimney. The point of comparison, in which we agree for the most part with Hitzig, is the removal of him who in his dungeon is continually exposed to the drudgery of his persecutors. כּמּה in Psalm 119:84 is equivalent to "how few." Our life here below is short, so also is the period within which the divine righteousness can reveal itself. שׁיחות (instead of which the lxx erroneously reads שׂיחות), pits, is an old word, Psalm 57:7. The relative clause, Psalm 119:85, describes the "proud" as being a contradiction to the revealed law; for there was no necessity for saying that to dig a pit for others is not in accordance with this law. All God's commandments are an emanation of His faithfulness, and therefore too demand faithfulness; but it is just this faithfulness that makes the poet an object of deadly hatred. They have already almost destroyed him"in the land." It is generally rendered "on earth;" but "in heaven" at the beginning of the following octonary is too far removed to be an antithesis to it, nor does it sound like one (cf. on the other hand ἐν τοῖς ouranoi's, Matthew 5:12). It is therefore: in the land (cf. Psalm 58:3; Psalm 73:9), where they think they are the only ones who have any right there, they have almost destroyed him, without shaking the constancy of his faith. But he stands in need of fresh grace in order that he may not, however, at last succumb.

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Psalm 119:152,160 Concerning your testimonies, I have known of old that you have founded them for ever...

Psalm 89:2 For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: your faithfulness shall you establish in the very heavens.

Matthew 5:18 For truly I say to you, Till heaven and earth pass, one stroke or one pronunciation mark shall in no wise pass from the law...

Matthew 24:34,35 Truly I say to you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled...

1 Peter 1:25 But the word of the Lord endures for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached to you.

2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.

Cross References
Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

1 Peter 1:25
but the word of the Lord remains forever." And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

Psalm 89:2
For I said, "Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness."

Psalm 119:88
In your steadfast love give me life, that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.

Psalm 119:152
Long have I known from your testimonies that you have founded them forever.

Psalm 119:160
The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

Isaiah 40:8
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

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