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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 94:12-23

The psalmist, having denounced tribulation to those that trouble God's people, here assures those that are troubled of rest. See 2 Thess. 1:6, 7. He speaks comfort to suffering saints from God's promises and his own experience. I. From God's promises, which are such as not only save them from being miserable, but secure a happiness to them (Ps. 94:12): Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest. Here he looks above the instruments of trouble, and eyes the hand of God, which gives it another name... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 94:15

But judgment shall return unto righteousness ,.... Which may be understood either of the judgment and righteousness of God, which seemed to be parted, and stand at a distance from each other; his conduct and government of the world from his justice; the righteous being persecuted and afflicted, and wicked men suffered to prosper; which sometimes makes it difficult to reconcile the judgment of God, or his government of the world, to his justice; see Jeremiah 12:1 , but as this has been made... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 94:15

But judgment shall return unto righteousness - If we read יושב yosheb , shalt sit, for ישוב yashub , shall return, which is only placing the ו vau before the ש shin instead of after it, we have the following sense: Until the just one shall sit in judgment, and after him all the upright in heart. Cyrus has the epithet צדק tsedek , the just one, in different places in the Prophet Isaiah. See Isaiah 41:2 , Isaiah 41:10 ; Isaiah 45:8 ; Isaiah 51:5 . It was Cyrus who... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 94:15

Verse 15 15.But judgment will return unto righteousness In the dark season of affliction, it is not easy to recognize the secret love which God even then bears to his own children, and the Psalmist adduces another ground of comfort, in the consideration that God will eventually put an end to the confusions which perplex them, and reduce matters to order. The form of expression used by the Psalmist is a little obscure, and this has led some to read the first part of the verse, as if it contained... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 94:1-23

Divine retribution certain. The psalm may be distributed under the following heads. I. A PRAYER FOR THE PUNISHMENT OF WICKED OPPRESSORS . ( Psalms 94:1 , Psalms 94:2 .) Probably in anticipation of the Assyrian invasion. II. THE GROUND OF THE PRAYER — THE INSOLENT AND ATHEISTIC SPIRIT OF THEIR CRUEL WORK . ( Psalms 94:3-7 .) They murder the fatherless, and say, "Jehovah seeth not?" III. THE BLINDNESS AND CONTEMPT OF GOD ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 94:12-19

The blessedness of the righteous . The psalmist proceeds to console and comfort himself by considering in how many ways the righteous man is blessed. 1 . God chastises him. 2 . God teaches him. 3 . God gives him a time of rest. 4 . God never forsakes him. 5 . God judges him righteously. 6 . God helps him against evil doers ( Psalms 94:16 , Psalms 94:17 ). 7 . God upholds him when he is in danger of falling. 8 . God inwardly comforts his soul. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 94:15

But judgment shall return unto righteousness. "Judgment," i . e . God's actual award of good and evil upon the earth, which has seemed to be divorced from justice, while the ungodly have prospered and the pious been afflicted ( Psalms 94:3-6 ), shall in the end "return unto righteousness," i . e . once more, evidently, conform to it and coincide with it. And all the upright in heart shall follow it; i . e . "and then all honest hearted men shall recognize the fact, see... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 94:15

But judgment shall return unto righteousness - That is, The exercise of judgment shall be so manifest to the world - as if it “returned” to it - as to show that there is a righteous God. The truth here taught is, that the “results” of God’s interposition in human affairs will be such as to show that he is on the side of righteousness, or such as to vindicate and maintain the cause of righteousness in the earth.And all the upright in heart shall follow it - Margin, shall be after it. The meaning... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 94:14-15

Psalms 94:14-15. The Lord will not cast off his people Though he may for a time correct, yet he will not utterly destroy, his true and obedient people, as he will their enemies, but will, in due time, put an end to all their calamities. But judgment shall return unto righteousness Although the world is now full of unrighteous judgments, and even God himself seems not to judge and administer things justly, because he suffers his people to be oppressed, and the wicked to triumph over them,... read more

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