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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalms 85

Introduction

1The Psalmist, out of the experience of former mercies, prays for the continuance thereof.
8He promises to wait thereon, out of confidence of God's goodness.

Verse 1

LORD, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.
A. M. 3468. B.C. 536. (Title.) for. or, of
42:1; *title
Lord
Leviticus 26:42; Joel 2:18; Zechariah 1:16
favourable unto
or, well pleased with.
77:7
thou hast
14:7; 126:1,2; Ezra 1:11; 2:1; Jeremiah 30:18; 31:23; Ezekiel 39:25; Joel 3:1
Reciprocal: Exodus 6:24 - Korah; Leviticus 25:23 - for ever; Numbers 16:32 - all the; Deuteronomy 32:43 - will be; 1 Chronicles 6:37 - Korah; Psalm 42:1 - the sons; Psalm 53:6 - bringeth; Isaiah 12:1 - though; Jeremiah 33:7 - will cause; Ezekiel 16:53 - bring; Zephaniah 2:7 - turn

Verse 2

Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.
forgiven
32:1; 79:8,9; Jeremiah 50:20; Micah 7:18; Acts 13:39; Colossians 2:13
Reciprocal: Leviticus 26:42 - and I will; 2 Chronicles 6:21 - forgive; Isaiah 38:17 - thou hast cast; Jeremiah 33:8 - General; Romans 4:7 - General

Verse 3

Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.
taken
Isaiah 6:7; 12:1; 54:7-10; John 1:29
turned, etc
or, turned thine anger from waxing hot.
Exodus 32:11,22; Deuteronomy 13:17
Reciprocal: Exodus 32:12 - Turn from; Numbers 25:4 - that the fierce; Judges 3:8 - was hot; 2 Chronicles 6:21 - forgive; Isaiah 27:4 - Fury; Jeremiah 33:8 - General; Zephaniah 3:15 - hath taken

Verse 4

Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.
turn us
The Israelites were not restored from their captivity all at once: a few returned with Zerubbabel, some more with Ezra and Nehemiah; but a great number still remained in Babylonia, Media, Assyria, etc.; and therefore the Psalmist prays for a complete restoration.
80:3,7,19; Jeremiah 31:18; Lamentations 5:21; Malachi 4:6
O God
25:2; 27:1; Micah 7:7,18-20; John 4:22
cause
78:38; Isaiah 10:25; Daniel 9:16
Reciprocal: Numbers 25:4 - that the fierce; Psalm 7:12 - If; Psalm 23:3 - restoreth; Psalm 60:1 - O turn; Psalm 126:4 - Turn again; Isaiah 17:10 - the God; Daniel 9:13 - that we; Amos 7:5 - cease

Verse 5

Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?
angry
74:1; 77:9; 79:5; 80:4; 89:46; Isaiah 64:9-12; Micah 7:18
draw
Luke 21:24; Revelation 18:21-23
Reciprocal: Psalm 13:1 - How; Psalm 77:7 - and will; Isaiah 57:16 - I will not; Jeremiah 3:5 - he reserve; Lamentations 5:20 - dost; Daniel 9:19 - defer; Amos 1:11 - kept

Verse 6

Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
revive
80:18; 138:7; Ezra 9:8,9; Isaiah 57:15; Hosea 6:2; Habakkuk 3:2
people
53:6; Ezra 3:11-13; Jeremiah 33:11
Reciprocal: Genesis 45:27 - the spirit; Psalm 51:12 - Restore; Psalm 90:14 - that we; Psalm 143:11 - Quicken; Daniel 9:19 - defer; Hosea 14:7 - revive; Habakkuk 3:18 - I will rejoice; Philippians 4:10 - hath flourished

Verse 7

Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.
50:23; 91:16; Jeremiah 42:12
Reciprocal: Genesis 43:14 - And God; Genesis 49:18 - General; Isaiah 26:3 - wilt

Verse 8

I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.
hear
Habakkuk 2:1; Hebrews 12:25
for he
29:11; Isaiah 57:19; Zechariah 9:10; John 14:27; 20:19,26; Acts 10:36; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20; Ephesians 2:17; 2 Thessalonians 3:16
to his
50:5; Ephesians 1:1,2
but
130:4; John 5:14; 8:11; Acts 3:26; Galatians 4:9; 2 Timothy 2:19; Hebrews 10:26-29; 2 Peter 2:20-22; Revelation 2:4,5; 3:19
folly
Genesis 34:7; 1 Samuel 25:25; Proverbs 25:11; 27:22
Reciprocal: Numbers 9:8 - I will; Judges 6:23 - Peace be; 1 Samuel 3:9 - Speak; Song of Solomon 2:10 - spake; Isaiah 26:3 - wilt; Isaiah 32:17 - the work; Isaiah 40:1 - comfort; Isaiah 51:3 - the Lord; Haggai 2:9 - give; John 16:33 - in me; Romans 5:1 - we have; Philippians 4:7 - the peace; Hebrews 10:38 - but

Verse 9

Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
Surely
24:4,5; 50:23; 119:155; Isaiah 46:13; Mark 12:32-34; John 7:17; Acts 10:2-4; Acts 11:13,14; 13:16
glory
Isaiah 4:5; Ezekiel 26:20; Haggai 2:7-9; Zechariah 2:5,8; Luke 2:32; John 1:14
Reciprocal: Exodus 1:20 - God; Psalm 34:18 - is nigh; Psalm 67:6 - Then; Proverbs 19:23 - fear; Isaiah 42:21 - well; Isaiah 45:8 - Drop down; Isaiah 51:5 - righteousness; Isaiah 56:1 - for; Isaiah 59:11 - for salvation; Haggai 2:9 - give; Zechariah 6:13 - and the; Zechariah 9:9 - he is; Malachi 4:2 - that fear; Luke 1:50 - General; Luke 2:14 - Glory; Acts 10:35 - feareth; Acts 10:36 - preaching; Revelation 11:18 - and them

Verse 10

Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Mercy
89:14; 100:5; Exodus 34:6,7; Micah 7:20; Luke 1:54,55; John 1:17
righteousness
72:3; Isaiah 32:16-18; 45:24; Jeremiah 23:5,6; Luke 2:14; Romans 3:25,26; 5:1,21; Hebrews 7:2
Reciprocal: Genesis 32:10 - truth; 2 Samuel 15:20 - mercy; Psalm 25:10 - mercy; Psalm 26:3 - For; Psalm 29:11 - give; Psalm 33:4 - all his; Psalm 40:11 - let thy; Psalm 57:10 - For; Psalm 86:15 - mercy; Psalm 108:4 - thy mercy; Psalm 111:7 - works; Psalm 117:2 - General; Psalm 138:2 - and praise; Proverbs 16:6 - mercy; Isaiah 9:6 - The Prince of Peace; Isaiah 16:5 - in mercy; Isaiah 53:10 - the pleasure; Jeremiah 33:6 - and will; Hosea 2:19 - in righteousness; Luke 1:79 - to guide; John 14:27 - Peace I leave; Acts 10:36 - preaching; Ephesians 2:17 - and preached; Ephesians 4:21 - as; Colossians 1:20 - having made peace; James 2:13 - and; Revelation 15:3 - just

Verse 11

Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
Truth
Isaiah 4:2; 45:8; 53:2; John 14:6; 1 John 5:20,21
righteousness
Isaiah 42:21; Matthew 3:17; 17:5; Luke 2:14; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:6
Reciprocal: Psalm 33:4 - all his; Psalm 57:10 - For; Psalm 72:3 - by righteousness; Song of Solomon 2:1 - the rose; Isaiah 61:11 - so; Romans 3:26 - that he; Ephesians 4:21 - as; Colossians 1:20 - having made peace; Hebrews 7:2 - King of righteousness; Revelation 15:3 - just

Verse 12

Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.
the Lord
84:11; Micah 6:8; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Ephesians 1:3; James 1:17
our land
67:6; 72:16; Isaiah 30:23,24; 32:15; Matthew 13:8,23; Acts 2:41; 21:20; *Gr:; 1 Corinthians 3:6-9
Reciprocal: Genesis 49:25 - with blessings; Leviticus 25:19 - General; Leviticus 26:4 - the land; Isaiah 4:2 - the fruit; Ezekiel 34:27 - the tree; Ezekiel 36:8 - ye shall; Matthew 7:11 - good

Verse 13

Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.
Righteousness
72:2,3; 89:14; Isaiah 58:8
shall set
119:35; Matthew 20:27,28; John 13:14-16,34; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 5:1,2; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 12:1,2; 1 Peter 2:18-24; 4:1; 1 John 2:6 Reciprocal: Psalm 37:23 - steps; 1 Peter 2:21 - leaving; Revelation 14:13 - and their

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 85". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-85.html.