Psalm 85

1 Jehovah, thou hast been favorable unto thy land,
Thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.
2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people;
Thou hast covered all their sin. [Selah]
3 Thou hast taken away all thy wrath;
Thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine
4 Turn us, O God of our salvation,
And cause thine indignation toward us to cease.
5 Wilt thou be angry with us for ever?
Wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations ?

1-8. Prayer of the Lord to the Father, to institute a new church after judgment has been executed upon the evil. P. P.

6 Wilt thou not quicken us again,
That thy people may rejoice in thee ?
7 Show us thy lovingkindness, O Jehovah,
And grant us thy salvation.

6 See Psalm vi. 2. A. 8286.

7 They that receive faith in the Lord are said to be made alive. A. 290.

8 I will hear what God Jehovah will speak;
For he will speak peace unto his people, and to his
But let them not turn again to folly.
9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him,
That glory may dwell in our land.

9-14. Perception from His Divine, that a church will arise and flourish, which will acknowledge the Lord, walking in truths. P. P.

9, 11. See Psalm iv. 7-9. R. 306.

See Psalm lv. 19. T. 303.

By Jehovah speaking peace unto His people and to His saints is signified that He will teach them, and give them conjunction with Himself by the conjunction of good and truth in them, both these conjunctions are signified by peace. By people are signified those who are in truth from good, and by saints those who are in good from truth, that such shall not afterwards be in evil from falsities is signified by their not returning to folly. Both the above conjunctions, namely, the conjunction of good and truth, and thence conjunction with the Lord are further described by these words, “Mercy and truth are met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” Mercy here signifying removal from falsities, and consequent reception of truths, and justice signifying the removal of evils, and consequent reception of goods. E. 365-

10 Mercy and truth are met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

11 See Psalm lxi. 8. A. 3122.

Let justice and peace kiss each other means let them conjoin themselves. A. 3574.

See Psalm xxv. 10. A. 6180.

See Psalm xxxvi. 6. A. 10577.

11 Truth springeth out of the earth;
And righteousness hath looked down from heaven.
12 Yea, Jehovah will give that which is good;
And our land shall yield its increase.

12 See Psalm xxxvi. 7. Add: Because judgment is spoken of truth, in certain passages we read “truth and justice.” S. 85.

Since judgment relates to truth, and justice to good, therefore we read in some places of “truth and justice.” R. 668.

13 Righteousness shall go before him,
And shall make his footsteps a way to walk in.

12-13. Here truth which is of faith is used for judgment, and justice for love or mercy. A. 2235.

See Psalm xv. 2. A. 9263.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)