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85:1 Lord, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.
85:2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.
85:3 Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.
85:4 Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.
85:5 Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?
85:6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
85:7 Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.
85:8 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.
85:9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
85:11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
85:12 Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.
85:13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.



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Everything King James Bible:Psalms
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Psalms
Book: Psalms
Chapter: 85

Overview:
Prayers for the continuance of former mercies. (1-7) Trust in
God's Goodness. (8-13)

1-7 The sense of present Afflictions should not do away the
remembrance of former mercies. The favour of God is the Fountain
of happiness to nations, as Well as to particular persons. When
God forgives Sin, he covers it; and when he covers the Sin of
his people, he covers it all. See what the Pardon of Sin is. In
compassion to us, when Christ our Intercessor has stood before
thee, thou hast turned away thine Anger. When we are reconciled
to God, then, and not till then, we may expect the comfort of
his being reconciled to us. He shows Mercy to those to whom he
grants Salvation; for Salvation is of mere Mercy. The Lord's
people may expect sharp and tedious Afflictions when they commit
Sin; but when they return to him with humble Prayer, he will
make them again to rejoice in him.

8-13 Sooner or later, God will speak peace to his people. If he
do not command outward peace, yet he will suggest inward peace;
speaking to their hearts By his Spirit. Peace is spoken only to
those who turn from Sin. All Sin is folly, especially
backsliding; it is the greatest folly to return to Sin. Surely
God's Salvation is nigh, whatever our difficulties and
distresses are. Also, his honour is secured, that Glory may
Dwell in our land. And the Truth of the promises is shown By the
Divine Mercy in sending the Redeemer. The Divine Justice is now
satisfied By the great Atonement. Christ, the way, Truth, and
Life, sprang out of the Earth when he took our nature upon him,
and Divine Justice looked upon him Well pleased and satisfied.
For his sake all good things, especially his Holy Spirit, are
given to those who ask him. Through Christ, the pardoned sinner
becomes fruitful in good Works, and By looking to and trusting
in the Saviour's Righteousness, finds his feet set in the way of
his steps. Righteousness is a sure guide, both in meeting God,
and in following him

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