Psalms 85:3

3 You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger.

Psalms 85:3 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 85:3

Thou hast taken away all thy wrath
Or "gathered" F14 it; sin occasions wrath, and the people of God are as deserving of it as others; but the Lord has gathered it up, and poured it forth upon his Son, and their surety; hence nothing of this kind shall ever fall upon them, either here or hereafter; and it is taken away from them, so as to have no sense, apprehension, or conscience of it, which before the law had wrought in them, when pardon is applied unto them, which is what is here meant; see ( Isaiah 12:1 ) ,

thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger;
the anger of God is very fierce against sin and sinners; it is poured forth like fire, and there is no abiding it; but, with respect to the Lord's people, it is pacified by the death of his Son; or he is pacified towards them for all that they have done, for the sake of his righteousness and sacrifice; and which appears to them when he manifests his love and pardoning grace to their souls; see ( Ezekiel 16:63 ) .


F14 (tpoa) "collegisti", Montanus, Gejerus, Michaelis.

Psalms 85:3 In-Context

1 Lord, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin. (Selah)
3 You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger.
4 Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us.
5 Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
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