Psalms 11:7

7 For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.

Psalms 11:7 in Other Translations

7 For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.
7 For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.
7 For the righteous LORD loves justice. The virtuous will see his face.
7 God's business is putting things right; he loves getting the lines straight, Setting us straight. Once we're standing tall, we can look him straight in the eye.
7 For the Lord is righteous; He loves righteous deeds. The upright will see His face.

Psalms 11:7 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 11:7

For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness
The Lord is righteous in himself, and in all his ways and works; and therefore righteousness, as it lies both in punishing the wicked, and in maintaining the righteous cause of his people, must be loved by him, it being agreeable to his nature: he loves to exercise righteousness in the earth, to administer it to and among men; this he delights in. He is well pleased with the righteousness of his Son, it being satisfactory to his justice, and that by which his law is magnified and made honourable; and he is well pleased with his people, as they are clothed with it: and he approves of their righteous actions, as they are done in obedience to his righteous law, in faith, from a principle of love, and with a view to his glory; these are acceptable to him in Christ;

his countenance doth behold the upright;
whom wicked men privily shoot at, ( Psalms 11:2 ) ; God looks with pleasure upon them, and takes delight in them, and takes care of them, protects and defends them, and at last saves them; and which, with all that goes before, was an encouragement to David to trust in the Lord; see ( Psalms 7:10 ) ; and moreover, the Lord lifts up the light of his countenance on such, and indulges them with his gracious presence, than which nothing is more comfortable and desirable. Some choose to render the word, "their countenance" F25, meaning the trinity of Persons, Father, Son, and Spirit, who all have a gracious regard to such: others render the clause thus, "the upright shall see his face", the face of God; so the Chaldee paraphrase and the Arabic version; see ( Psalms 17:15 ) .


F25 (wmynp) "facies eorum", Genebrardus, Vatablus, Gussetius; so R. Japhet in Aben Ezra, who compares it with Genesis xx. 13.

Psalms 11:7 In-Context

5 The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion.
6 On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot.
7 For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.

Cross References 4

  • 1. S 2 Chronicles 12:6; S Ezra 9:15; 2 Timothy 4:8; Psalms 7:9,11; Psalms 45:7
  • 2. S Psalms 9:8; Psalms 33:5; Psalms 99:4; Isaiah 28:17; Isaiah 30:18; Isaiah 56:1; Isaiah 61:8; Jeremiah 9:24
  • 3. S Job 1:1; Luke 23:50
  • 4. Psalms 17:15; Psalms 140:13
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