Psalms 116:5

5 The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.

Psalms 116:5 in Other Translations

KJV
5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.
ESV
5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; our God is merciful.
NLT
5 How kind the LORD is! How good he is! So merciful, this God of ours!
MSG
5 God is gracious - it is he who makes things right, our most compassionate God.
CSB
5 The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is compassionate.

Psalms 116:5 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 116:5

Gracious is the Lord
So the psalmist found him, calling upon him; so he is in Christ, the author and giver of all grace, to help in time of need.

And righteous;
faithful to his promises, just in every dispensation of his providence, even in afflictive ones; righteous in punishing the enemies of his people, and in saving, justifying, and pardoning them for Christ's sake.

Yea, our God is merciful;
compassionate, tenderhearted, a heart full of pity, as a father to his child; and sympathizes with his people under all their afflictions, and saves them out of them; see ( Psalms 86:5 Psalms 86:15 ) .

Psalms 116:5 In-Context

3 The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the name of the LORD: “LORD, save me!”
5 The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.
6 The LORD protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me.
7 Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Exodus 9:27; S 2 Chronicles 12:6; S Ezra 9:15; Nehemiah 9:8; Psalms 103:8; Psalms 145:17
  • 2. S Exodus 22:27; S Psalms 86:15