Psalms 36:6

6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.

Psalms 36:6 in Other Translations

6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.
6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O LORD.
6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O LORD .
6 His purpose titanic, his verdicts oceanic. Yet in his largeness nothing gets lost; Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks.
6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountain; Your judgments, like the deepest sea. Lord, You preserve man and beast.

Psalms 36:6 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 36:6

Thy righteousness [is] like the great mountains
Or, "the mountains of God"; so called for their excellency, as the cedars of God, ( Psalms 80:10 ) ; or, as Gussetius F5 observes, the greatest and highest mountains, which are here meant, reaching above the clouds and the region of the air, are the pillars of the palace of God, and a part of it; and therefore called his mountains with great propriety, to which his righteousness is compared: that is, either the righteousness of God in the government of the world, which is sometimes like the high mountains, not to be reached and accounted for in the present state of things, though always is, and is immovable as they are; or the righteousness of God, by which he justifies sinners, which may be said to be as the mountains of God, because of the dignity of his person, who has wrought it out; and because of the clear manifestation of it, the Gospel, and so visible, as high mountains; and because of the immovableness and duration of it;

thy judgments [are] a great deep;
both in a way of providence, many of them being at present not to be traced, though before long they will be made manifest; and in a way of grace, such as the choice of some, and the leaving of others, the rejection of the Jews, and the call of the Gentiles; see ( Romans 11:33 ) ;

O Lord, thou preservest man and beast;
in a providential way, upholding each in their being, and supplying them with the necessaries of life: some understand this figuratively, of God's saving Jews and Gentiles, wise and unwise, and particularly those who, through humility and modesty, as Jarchi says, compare themselves to beasts, because of their ignorance and stupidity, ( Proverbs 30:2 ) ( Psalms 73:22 ) .


F5 Ebr. Comment. p. 66.

Psalms 36:6 In-Context

4 Even on their beds they plot evil; they commit themselves to a sinful course and do not reject what is wrong.
5 Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.
7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Psalms 5:8
  • 2. Psalms 68:15
  • 3. S Genesis 1:2; S Genesis 7:11; Job 11:8; Psalms 77:19; Romans 11:33
  • 4. Nehemiah 9:6; Psalms 104:14; Psalms 145:16
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