Psalm 85:13
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New International Version
Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.

King James Bible
Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.

Darby Bible Translation
Righteousness shall go before him, and shall set his footsteps on the way.

World English Bible
Righteousness goes before him, And prepares the way for his steps. A Prayer by David.

Young's Literal Translation
Righteousness before Him goeth, And maketh His footsteps for a way!

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Righteousness shall go before him - Perhaps this verse may receive its best solution from Romans 3:25 : "Whom God hath set for a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his Righteousness for the remission of sins that are past." This term the apostle uses to point out God's method of justifying or saving mankind. And this, in the preaching of the pure Gospel, is ever going before to point out the Lord Jesus, and the redemption that is in his blood. And thus going before him, the sinner, who feels his need of salvation, is Set - in the way of his steps; as Bartimeus sat by the way-side begging, by which way Jesus walked; and when he came where he was, heard his prayer, and restored him his sight. Or, righteousness - the pure and holy law of God, must be proclaimed as broken by sinners, and calling aloud for vengeance, before they can see and feel their need of Christ crucified. By the preaching of the law they are prepared to receive the grace of the Gospel.

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righteousness

Psalm 72:2,3 He shall judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with judgment...

Psalm 89:14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of your throne: mercy and truth shall go before your face.

Isaiah 58:8 Then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your health shall spring forth speedily...

shall set

Psalm 119:35 Make me to go in the path of your commandments; for therein do I delight.

Matthew 20:27,28 And whoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant...

John 13:14-16,34 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also ought to wash one another's feet...

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory...

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me...

Ephesians 5:1,2 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children...

Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus...

Hebrews 12:1,2 Why seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight...

1 Peter 2:18-24 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the fraudulent...

1 Peter 4:1 For as much then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind...

1 John 2:6 He that said he stays in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

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'The Bridal of the Earth and Sky'
'Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 11. Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. 12. Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. 13. Righteousness shall go before Him, and shall set us in the way of His steps.'--PSALM lxxxv. 10-13. This is a lovely and highly imaginative picture of the reconciliation and reunion of God and man, 'the bridal of the earth and sky.' The Poet-Psalmist,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Of the Inward Voice of Christ to the Faithful Soul I Will Hearken what the Lord God Shall Say Within Me. (1) Blessed is the Soul Which
CHAPTER I Of the inward voice of Christ to the faithful soul I will hearken what the Lord God shall say within me.(1) Blessed is the soul which heareth the Lord speaking within it, and receiveth the word of consolation from His mouth. Blessed are the ears which receive the echoes of the soft whisper of God, and turn not aside to the whisperings of this world. Blessed truly are the ears which listen not to the voice that soundeth without, but to that which teacheth truth inwardly. Blessed are the
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

The Angel's Message and Song
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the LORD came upon them, and the glory of the LORD shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the LORD . And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

Covenanting Adapted to the Moral Constitution of Man.
The law of God originates in his nature, but the attributes of his creatures are due to his sovereignty. The former is, accordingly, to be viewed as necessarily obligatory on the moral subjects of his government, and the latter--which are all consistent with the holiness of the Divine nature, are to be considered as called into exercise according to his appointment. Hence, also, the law of God is independent of his creatures, though made known on their account; but the operation of their attributes
John Cunningham—The Ordinance of Covenanting

Cross References
Psalm 23:3
he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake.

Psalm 50:23
Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me, and to the blameless I will show my salvation."

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

Isaiah 58:8
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

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