Psalms 106:31

31 This was credited to him as righteousness for endless generations to come.

Psalms 106:31 in Other Translations

KJV
31 And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.
ESV
31 And that was counted to him as righteousness from generation to generation forever.
NLT
31 So he has been regarded as a righteous man ever since that time.
MSG
31 This was counted to his credit; his descendants will never forget it.
CSB
31 It was credited to him as righteousness throughout all generations to come.

Psalms 106:31 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 106:31

And that was counted unto him for righteousness
Not for his justifying righteousness before God; for all the works of righteousness done by the best of men cannot justify them before him, much less a single action: but his executing judgment in the manner he did, or slaying the above two persons, was esteemed a righteous action by the Lord himself; who upon it caused the plague to cease, and likewise gave to Phinehas the covenant of an everlasting priesthood, and to his posterity; whereby the action had eternal honour put upon it, and was sufficiently secured from the calumny of men; who might condemn it as a rash action done by a private person, assuming the office of a public magistrate; and as being a cruel one, not giving the criminals time for repentance. But all this is set aside by the testimony of God himself, approving of it; and so it continues to be esteemed, as it is said it should,

unto all generations for evermore:
whenever it is spoken of, it is spoken of with commendation, as a righteous action, as expressive of true zeal for the Lord of hosts. Moreover, the covenant made with him upon it, which confirmed the justness of it, that taking place in Zadok, a priest of his line, continued in it till the Messiah came, who is a Priest for ever: see ( Ezekiel 44:15 ) ( Jeremiah 33:17-22 ) .

Psalms 106:31 In-Context

29 they aroused the LORD’s anger by their wicked deeds, and a plague broke out among them.
30 But Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was checked.
31 This was credited to him as righteousness for endless generations to come.
32 By the waters of Meribah they angered the LORD, and trouble came to Moses because of them;
33 for they rebelled against the Spirit of God, and rash words came from Moses’ lips.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Genesis 15:6; S Numbers 25:11-13
  • 2. Psalms 49:11