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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

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

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

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

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

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

Verse 7
Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.
50:23; 91:16; Jeremiah 42:12

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 85:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-85.html.

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Monday, October 21st, 2019
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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