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Psalms 119:142 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And thy law is truth.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Thy righteousness [is] an everlasting righteousness, and thy law [is] the truth.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law is truth.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Thy righteousness [is] an everlasting righteousness, and thy law [is] the truth.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is truth.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Thy righteousness, is righteous to times age-abiding, And, thy law, is truth.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Thy righteousness [is] righteousness to the age, And Thy law [is] truth.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Thy justice is justice for ever: and thy law is the truth.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Thy righteousnesse [is] an euerlasting righteousnesse: and thy law [is] the trueth.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is truth.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Thy righteousness [is] an everlasting righteousness, and thy law [is] the truth.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Thy righteousness 6666
{6666} Prime
From H6663; rightness (abstractly), subjectively (rectitude), objectively (justice), morally (virtue) or figuratively (prosperity).
[is] an everlasting 5769
{5769} Prime
From H5956; properly concealed, that is, the vanishing point; generally time out of mind (past or future), that is, (practically) eternity; frequentative adverbially (especially with prepositional prefix) always.
righteousness, 6664
{6664} Prime
From H6663; the right (natural, moral or legal); also (abstractly) equity or (figuratively) prosperity.
and thy law 8451
{8451} Prime
From H3384; a precept or statute, especially the Decalogue or Pentateuch.
[is] the truth. 571
{0571} Prime
Contracted from H0539; stability; figuratively certainty, truth, trustworthiness.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 119:142-144

_ _ The principles of God’s government are permanent and reliable, and in the deepest distress His people find them a theme of delightful meditation and a source of reviving power (Psalms 119:17, Psalms 119:116).

_ _ law is the truth — It therefore cannot deceive as to its promises.

_ _ everlasting — (Psalms 111:3), though to outward appearance seeming dead.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 119:142

_ _ Observe, 1. That God's word is righteousness, and it is an everlasting righteousness. It is the rule of God's judgment, and it is consonant to his counsels from eternity and will direct his sentence for eternity. The word of God will judge us, it will judge us in righteousness, and by it our everlasting state will be determined. This should possess us with a very great reverence for the word of God that it is righteousness itself, the standard of righteousness, and it is everlasting in its rewards and punishments. 2. That God's word is a law, and that law is truth. See the double obligation we are under to be governed by the word of God. We are reasonable creatures, and as such we must be ruled by truth, acknowledging the force and power of it. If the principles be true, the practices must be agreeable to them, else we do not act rationally. We are creatures, and therefore subjects, and must be ruled by our Creator; and whatever he commands we are bound to obey as a law. See how these obligations are here twisted, these cords of a man. Here is truth brought to the understanding, there to sit chief, and direct the motions of the whole man; but, lest the authority of that should become weak through the flesh, here is a law to bind the will and bring that into subjection. God's truth is a law (John 18:37) and God's law is the truth; surely we cannot break such words as these asunder.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 119:142

Everlasting — The same in all ages and places.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Thy righteousness:
Men, as Bp. Horne observes, may decree wickedness by a law; or they may change their decrees, and with them what is right to-day may be wrong to-morrow; but the law of God is righteousness, and it is truth, to-day and forever.

an everlasting:

Psalms 119:144 The righteousness of thy testimonies [is] everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.
Psalms 36:6 Thy righteousness [is] like the great mountains; thy judgments [are] a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.
Isaiah 51:6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.
Isaiah 51:8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.
Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 Seeing [it is] a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; ... When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

and thy:

Psalms 119:151 Thou [art] near, O LORD; and all thy commandments [are] truth.
Psalms 19:9 The fear of the LORD [is] clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD [are] true [and] righteous altogether.
John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Ephesians 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
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Ps 19:9; 36:6; 119:144, 151. Is 51:6, 8. Dn 9:24. Jn 17:17. Ep 4:21. 2Th 1:6.

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