Psalm 89:14
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English Standard Version
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.

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

American Standard Version
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of thy throne: Lovingkindness and truth go before thy face.

Douay-Rheims Bible
justice and judgment are the preparation of thy throne. Mercy and truth shall go before thy face:

English Revised Version
Righteousness and judgment are the foundation of thy throne: mercy and truth go before thy face.

Webster's Bible Translation
Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

At the close of the promises in Psalm 89:4-5 the music is to become forte. And ויודוּ attaches itself to this jubilant Sela. In Psalm 89:6-19 there follows a hymnic description of the exalted majesty of God, more especially of His omnipotence and faithfulness, because the value of the promise is measured by the character of the person who promises. The God of the promise is He who is praised by the heavens and the holy ones above. His way of acting is פלא, of a transcendent, paradoxical, wondrous order, and as such the heavens praise it; it is praised (יודו, according to Ges. 137, 3) in the assembly of the holy ones, i.e., of the spirits in the other world, the angels (as in Job 5:1; Job 15:15, cf. Deuteronomy 33:2), for He is peerlessly exalted above the heavens and the angels. שׁחק, poetic singular instead of שׁחקים (vid., supra on Psalm 77:18), which is in itself already poetical; and ערך, not, as e.g., in Isaiah 40:18, in the signification to co-ordinate, but in the medial sense: to rank with, be equal to. Concerning בּני אלים, vid., on Psalm 29:1. In the great council (concerning סוד, of both genders, perhaps like כּוס, vid., on Psalm 25:14) of the holy ones also, Jahve is terrible; He towers above all who are about Him (1 Kings 22:19, cf. Daniel 7:10) in terrible majesty. רבּה might, according to Psalm 62:3; Psalm 78:15, be an adverb, but according to the order of the words it may more appropriately be regarded as an adjective; cf. Job 31:34, כּי אערץ המון רבּה, "when I feared the great multitude." In Psalm 89:9 He is apostrophized with אלהי צבאות as being the One exalted above the heavens and the angels. The question "Who is as Thou?" takes its origin from Exodus 15:11. חסין is not the construct form, but the principal form, like גּביר, ידיד, עויל ,יד, and is a Syriasm; for the verbal stem Syr. hṣan is native to the Aramaic, in which Syr. haṣı̄nā' equals שׁדּי. In יהּ, what God is is reduced to the briefest possible expression (vid., Psalm 68:19). In the words, "Thy faithfulness compasseth Thee round about," the primary thought of the poet again breaks through. Such a God it is who has the faithfulness with which He fulfils all His promises, and the promises given to the house of David also, as His constant surrounding. His glory would only strike one with terror; but the faithfulness which encompasses Him softens the sunlike brilliancy of His glory, and awakens trust in so majestic a Ruler.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

justice

Psalm 45:6,7 Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the scepter of your kingdom is a right scepter...

Psalm 97:2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.

Psalm 99:4 The king's strength also loves judgment; you do establish equity, you execute judgment and righteousness in Jacob.

Psalm 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Revelation 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are your works...

habitation. or, establishment

Proverbs 16:12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

mercy

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

Psalm 85:13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:8
And what great nation is there, that has statutes and rules so righteous as all this law that I set before you today?

Psalm 9:7
But the LORD sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice,

Psalm 85:10
Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.

Psalm 85:13
Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way.

Psalm 97:2
Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

Isaiah 41:10
fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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