New International Version
I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, LORD, as you know.
King James Bible
I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.
Darby Bible Translation
I have published righteousness in the great congregation: behold, I have not withheld my lips, Jehovah, *thou* knowest.
World English Bible
I have proclaimed glad news of righteousness in the great assembly. Behold, I will not seal my lips, Yahweh, you know.
Young's Literal Translation
I have proclaimed tidings of righteousness In the great assembly, lo, my lips I restrain not, O Jehovah, Thou hast known.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I have preached righteousness - I think it best to refer these words to Christ and his apostles. In consequence of his having become a sacrifice for sin, the Jewish sacrificial system being ended, the middle wall of partition was broken down, and the door of faith, the doctrine of justification by faith, opened to the Gentiles. Hence the Gospel was preached in all the world, and the mercy of God made known to the Gentiles; and thus righteousness - justification by faith, was preached in the great congregation - to Jews and Gentiles, throughout the Roman empire.
The great congregation, both in this and the following verse, I think, means the Gentiles, contradistinguished from the Jews.
The word righteousness means the plan or method of salvation by Jesus Christ - God's method of justifying sinners by faith, without the deeds of the law. See Romans 3:25-26 (note), and the notes there.
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"The Mighty One, God, the LORD! The Mighty One, God, the LORD! He knows! And let Israel know! If this has been in rebellion or disobedience to the LORD, do not spare us this day.
"Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you.
From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows.
They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!
With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.
Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.
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