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Psalms 89:15 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: They walk, O Jehovah, in the light of thy countenance.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Blessed [is] the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Blessed [are] the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Blessed is the people that know the shout of joy: they walk, O Jehovah, in the light of thy countenance.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— How happy are the people who know the joyful sound! O Yahweh! in the light of thy countenance, shall they firmly march along;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— O the happiness of the people knowing the shout, O Jehovah, in the light of Thy face they walk habitually.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Blessed is the people that knoweth jubilation. They shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Blessed [is] the people that knowe the ioyfull sound: they shall walke O LORD in the light of thy countenance.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Blessed is the people that knows the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Blessed [is] the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Yahweh, in the light of thy countenance.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Blessed 835
{0835} Prime
From H0833; happiness; only in masculine plural construction as interjection, how happy!.
[is] the people 5971
{5971} Prime
From H6004; a people (as a congregated unit); specifically a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively a flock.
that know 3045
{3045} Prime
A primitive root; to know (properly to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively instruction, designation, punishment, etc.).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
the joyful sound: 8643
{8643} Prime
From H7321; clamor, that is, acclamation of joy or a battle cry; especially clangor of trumpets, as an alarum.
they shall walk, 1980
{1980} Prime
Akin to H3212; a primitive root; to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively).
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
O Yhw יָהוֶה, 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
in the light 216
{0216} Prime
From H0215; illumination or (concretely) luminary (in every sense, including lightning, happiness, etc.).
of thy countenance. 6440
{6440} Prime
Plural (but always used as a singular) of an unused noun (פָּנֶה paneh, {paw-neh'}; from H6437); the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 89:15

_ _ His government of righteousness is served by “mercy” and “truth” as ministers (Psalms 85:10-13).

_ _ know the joyful sound — understand and appreciate the spiritual blessings symbolized by the feasts to which the people were called by the trumpet (Leviticus 25:9, etc.).

_ _ walk ... countenance — live in His favor (Psalms 4:6; Psalms 44:3).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 89:15-18

_ _ The psalmist, having largely shown the blessedness of the God of Israel, here shows the blessedness of the Israel of God. As there is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, so, happy art thou, O Israel! there is none like unto thee, O people! especially as a type of the gospel-Israel, consisting of all true believers, whose happiness is here described.

_ _ I. Glorious discoveries are made to them, and glad tidings of good brought to them; they hear, they know, the joyful sound, Psalms 89:15. This may allude, 1. To the shout of a victorious army, the shout of a king, Numbers 23:21. Israel have the tokens of God's presence with them in their wars; the sound of the going in the top of the mulberry-trees was indeed a joyful sound (2 Samuel 5:24); and they often returned making the earth ring with their songs of triumph; these were joyful sounds. Or, 2. To the sound that was made over the sacrifices and on the solemn feast-day, Psalms 81:1-3. This was the happiness of Israel, that they had among them the free and open profession of God's holy religion, and abundance of joy in their sacrifices. Or, 3. To the sound of the jubilee-trumpet; a joyful sound it was to servants and debtors, to whom it proclaimed release. The gospel is indeed a joyful sound, a sound of victory, of liberty, of communion with God, and the sound of abundance of rain; blessed are the people that hear it, and know it, and bid it welcome.

_ _ II. Special tokens of God's favour are granted them: “They shall walk, O Lord! in the light of thy countenance; they shall govern themselves by thy directions, shall be guided by the eye; and they shall delight themselves in thy consolations. They shall have the favour of God; they shall know that they have it, and it shall be continual matter of joy and rejoicing to them. They shall go through all the exercises of a holy life under the powerful influences of God's lovingkindness, which shall make their duty pleasant to them and make them sincere in it, aiming at this, as their end, to be accepted of the Lord.” We then walk in the light of the Lord when we fetch all our comforts from God's favour and are very careful to keep ourselves in his love.

_ _ III. They never want matter for joy: Blessed are God's people, for in his name, in all that whereby he has made himself known, if it be not their own fault, they shall rejoice all the day. Those that rejoice in Christ Jesus, and make God their exceeding joy, have enough to counterbalance their grievances and silence their griefs; and therefore their joy is full (1 John 1:4) and constant; it is their duty to rejoice evermore.

_ _ IV. Their relation to God is their honour and dignity. They are happy, for they are high. Surely in the Lord, in the Lord Christ, they have righteousness and strength, and so are recommended by him to the divine acceptance; and therefore in him shall all the seed of Israel glory, Isaiah 45:24, Isaiah 45:25. So it is here, Psalms 89:16, Psalms 89:17. 1. “In thy righteousness shall they be exalted, and not in any righteousness of their own.” We are exalted out of danger, and into honour, purely by the righteousness of Christ, which is a clothing both for dignity and for defence. 2. “Thou art the glory of their strength,” that is, “thou art their strength, and it is their glory that thou art so, and what they glory in.” Thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph. 3. “In thy favour, which through Christ we hope for, our horn shall be exalted.” The horn denotes beauty, plenty, and power; these those have who are made accepted in the beloved. What greater preferment are men capable of in this world than to be God's favourites?

_ _ V. Their relation to God is their protection and safety (Psalms 89:18): “For our shield is of the Lord” (so the margin) “and our king is from the Holy One of Israel. If God be our ruler, he will be our defender; and who is he than that can harm us?” It was the happiness of Israel that God himself had the erecting of their bulwarks and the nominating of their king (so some take it); or, rather, that he was himself a wall of fire round about them, and, as a Holy One, the author and centre of their holy religion; he was their King, and so their glory in the midst of them. Christ is the Holy One of Israel, that holy thing; and in nothing was that peculiar people more blessed than in this, that he was born King of the Jews. Now this account of the blessedness of God's Israel comes in here as that to which it was hard to reconcile their present calamitous state.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 89:15

Know — Who enjoy the presence of God and his ordinances, to which they are called by the sound of trumpets. Walk — Under the comfortable influences of thy favour.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 89:15

Blessed [is] the people that (m) know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy (n) countenance.

(m) Feeling in their conscience that God is their father.

(n) They will be preserved by your fatherly providence.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Psalms 90:6 In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
Psalms 98:4-6 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. ... With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.
Psalms 100:1 [[A Psalm of praise.]] Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Leviticus 25:9 Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth [day] of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.
Numbers 10:10 Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I [am] the LORD your God.
Numbers 23:21 He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God [is] with him, and the shout of a king [is] among them.
Isaiah 52:7-8 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! ... Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.
Nahum 1:15 Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.
Luke 2:10-14 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. ... Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Romans 10:18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

in the light:

Psalms 4:6 [There be] many that say, Who will shew us [any] good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
Psalms 44:3 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.
Numbers 6:26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
Job 29:3 When his candle shined upon my head, [and when] by his light I walked [through] darkness;
Proverbs 16:15 In the light of the king's countenance [is] life; and his favour [is] as a cloud of the latter rain.
Isaiah 2:5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.
John 14:21-23 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. ... Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
Acts 2:28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof.
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Lv 25:9. Nu 6:26; 10:10; 23:21. Jb 29:3. Ps 4:6; 44:3; 90:6; 98:4; 100:1. Pv 16:15. Is 2:5; 52:7. Na 1:15. Lk 2:10. Jn 14:21. Ac 2:28. Ro 10:15, 18. Rv 21:23.

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