New American Standard Bible
Your lovingkindness, O LORD, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
King James Bible
Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah, thy loving-kindness is in the heavens, and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
World English Bible
Your loving kindness, Yahweh, is in the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Young's Literal Translation
O Jehovah, in the heavens is Thy kindness, Thy faithfulness is unto the clouds.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens - This commences the second part of the psalm - the description of the character of God in contrast with the character of the wicked man. The meaning here is, evidently, that the mercy of God is very exalted; to the very heavens, as high as the highest object of which man can conceive. Thus, we speak of virtue as "exalted," or virtue of the "highest kind." The idea is not that the mercy of God is "manifested" in heaven, for, mercy being favor shown to the guilty, there is no occasion for it in heaven; nor is the idea that mercy, as shown to man, has its "origin" in heaven, which is indeed true in itself; but it is, as above explained, that it is of the most exalted nature; that it is as high as man can conceive.
And thy faithfulness - Thy "truthfulness;" thy fidelity to thy promises and to thy friends.
Reacheth "unto the clouds." The clouds are among the highest objects. They rise above the loftiest trees, and ascend above the mountains, and seem to lie or roll along the sky. The idea here, therefore, as in the first part of the verse, is, that it is elevated or exalted.
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(Preached before the Queen.) Psalm xxxvi. 7, 8, 9. How excellent is thy loving-kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. This is a great saying. So great that we shall never know, certainly never in this life, how much it means. It speaks of being …
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For Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens And Your truth to the clouds.
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.
For I have said, "Lovingkindness will be built up forever; In the heavens You will establish Your faithfulness."
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
For Your lovingkindness is great above the heavens, And Your truth reaches to the skies.
Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands.
but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things," declares the LORD.
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