English Standard Version
a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him?
King James Bible
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.
American Standard Version
A God very terrible in the council of the holy ones, And to be feared above all them that are round about him?
God, who is glorified in the assembly of the saints: great and terrible above all them that are about him.
English Revised Version
A God very terrible in the council of the holy ones, and to be feared above all them that are round about him?
Webster's Bible Translation
God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence by all them that are about him.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
The poet, who, as one soon observes, is a חכם (for the very beginning of the Psalm is remarkable and ingenious), begins with the confession of the inviolability of the mercies promised to the house of David, i.e., of the הסדי דוד הנּאמנים, Isaiah 55:3.
(Note: The Vulgate renders: Misericordias Domini in aeternum cantabo. The second Sunday after Easter takes its name from this rendering.)
God's faithful love towards the house of David, a love faithful to His promises, will he sing without ceasing, and make it known with his mouth, i.e., audibly and publicly (cf. Job 19:16), to the distant posterity. Instead of חסדי, we find here, and also in Lamentations 3:22, חסדי with a not merely slightly closed syllable. The Lamed of לדר ודר is, according to Psalm 103:7; Psalm 145:12, the datival Lamed. With כּי־אמרתּי (lxx, Jerome, contrary to Psalm 89:3, ὅτι εἶπας) the poet bases his resolve upon his conviction. נבנה means not so much to be upheld in building, as to be in the course of continuous building (e.g., Job 22:23; Malachi 3:15, of an increasingly prosperous condition). Loving-kindness is for ever (accusative of duration) in the course of continuous building, viz., upon the unshakeable foundation of the promise of grace, inasmuch as it is fulfilled in accordance therewith. It is a building with a most solid foundation, which will not only not fall into ruins, but, adding one stone of fulfilment upon another, will rise ever higher and higher. שׁמים then stands first as casus absol., and בּהם is, as in Psalm 19:5, a pronoun having a backward reference to it. In the heavens, which are exalted above the rise and fall of things here below, God establishes His faithfulness, so that it stands fast as the sun above the earth, although the condition of things here below seems sometimes to contradict it (cf. Psalm 119:89). Now follow in Psalm 89:4-5 the direct words of God, the sum of the promises given to David and to his seed in 2 Samuel 7, at which the poet arrives more naturally in Psalm 89:20. Here they are strikingly devoid of connection. It is the special substance of the promises that is associated in thought with the "loving-kindness" and "truth" of Psalm 89:3, which is expanded as it were appositionally therein. Hence also אכין and תּכין, וּבניתי and יבּנה correspond to one another. David's seed, by virtue of divine faithfulness, has an eternally sure existence; Jahve builds up David's throne "into generation and generation," inasmuch as He causes it to rise ever fresh and vigorous, never as that which is growing old and feeble.
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1 Chronicles 16:25
For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be feared above all gods.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth.
Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel--he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!
But you, you are to be feared! Who can stand before you when once your anger is roused?
Make your vows to the LORD your God and perform them; let all around him bring gifts to him who is to be feared,
Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
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