Psalms 85:10

10 1Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; 2righteousness and peace kiss each other.

Psalms 85:10 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 85:10

Mercy and truth are met together
Or "grace and truth" {p}, which are in Christ, and come by him; and so may be said to meet in him, the glorious Person, the Author of salvation, before mentioned, ( John 1:14 John 1:17 ) , these may be considered as perfections in God, displayed in salvation by Christ: "mercy" is the original of it; it is owing to that that the dayspring from on high visited us, or glory dwelt in our land, or Christ was sent and came to work salvation for us; it was pity to the lost human race which moved God to send him, and him to come, who is the merciful as well as faithful High Priest, and who in his love and pity redeemed us; and though there was no mercy shown to him, he not being spared in the least, yet there was to us; and which appears in the whole of our salvation, and in every part of it, in our regeneration, pardon, and eternal life; see ( Luke 1:72 Luke 1:78 ) ( Titus 3:5 ) ( 1 Peter 1:3 ) ( Psalms 51:1 ) ( Jude 1:21 ) or "grace", the exceeding riches of which are shown forth in the kindness of God to us, through Christ; and to which our salvation, in whole and in part, is to be attributed, ( Ephesians 2:7 Ephesians 2:8 ) , "truth" may signify the veracity and faithfulness of God, in his promises and threatenings: his promises have their true and full accomplishment in Christ, ( Luke 1:72 ) ( Romans 15:8 ) ( 2 Corinthians 1:20 ) so have his threatenings of death to sinful men, he being the surety for them, ( Genesis 2:17 ) ( Philippians 2:8 ) and so mercy is shown to man, and God is true to his word:

righteousness and peace have kissed each other;
as friends at meeting used to do: "righteousness" may intend the essential justice of God, which will not admit of the pardon and justification of a sinner, without a satisfaction; wherefore Christ was set forth to be the propitiation for sin, to declare and manifest the righteousness of God, his strict justice; that he might be just, and appear to be so, when he is the justifier of him that believes in Jesus; and Christ's blood being shed, and his sacrifice offered up, he is just and faithful to forgive sin, and cleanse from all unrighteousness, ( Exodus 34:6 Exodus 34:7 ) ( Romans 3:25 Romans 3:26 ) ( 1 John 1:9 ) and thus the law being magnified, and made honourable by the obedience and sufferings of Christ, an everlasting righteousness being brought in, and justice entirely satisfied, there is "peace" on earth, and good will to men: peace with God is made by Christ the peacemaker, and so the glory of divine justice is secured and peace with God for men obtained, in a way consistent with it, ( Luke 2:14 ) and Christ's righteousness being imputed and applied to men, and received by faith, produces a conscience peace, an inward peace of mind, which passeth all understanding, ( Romans 5:1 ) ( 14:17 ) ( Philippians 4:7 ) .


F16 (tmaw dox) "gratia et veritas", Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis.

Psalms 85:10 In-Context

8 Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly.
9 Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.
10 Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky.
12 Yes, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 89:14; See Psalms 40:11
  • 2. [Isaiah 45:8]; See Psalms 72:3
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