Psalms 9:8

8 He rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity.

Psalms 9:8 in Other Translations

KJV
8 And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.
ESV
8 and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness.
NLT
8 He will judge the world with justice and rule the nations with fairness.
MSG
8 He decides what is right for us earthlings, gives people their just deserts.
CSB
8 He judges the world with righteousness; He executes judgment on the peoples with fairness.

Psalms 9:8 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 9:8

And he shall judge the world in righteousness
The word (lbt) , rendered "world", is, as Ben Melech well observes, a general name for all the countries of the habitable world; and so shows that it is the universal judgment that is here spoken of; and which will be carried on and finished with the utmost righteousness, and according to the strictest rules of justice and equity; and is therefore called the righteous judgment of God, ( Romans 2:5 ) ; see ( Psalms 96:13 ) ( 98:9 ) ( Acts 17:31 ) ;

he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness;
which signifies the same with the former clause, unless by the "world" there, should be meant the wicked of the world; and by the "people" here, the people of God; to whom the righteous Judge will give the crown of righteousness.

Psalms 9:8 In-Context

6 Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies, you have uprooted their cities; even the memory of them has perished.
7 The LORD reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment.
8 He rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity.
9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S ver 4; Psalms 7:11; Psalms 96:13
  • 2. Psalms 11:7; Psalms 45:6; Psalms 72:2