Psalm 19:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 19:5, NIV: It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

Psalm 19:5, ESV: which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.

Psalm 19:5, KJV: Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

Psalm 19:5, NASB: Which is like a groom coming out of his chamber; It rejoices like a strong person to run his course.

Psalm 19:5, NLT: It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding. It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.

Psalm 19:5, CSB: It is like a bridegroom coming from his home; it rejoices like an athlete running a course.

What does Psalm 19:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In this verse David compares the radiance of the sun to that of a man who emerges from his home on his wedding day. He is full of joy and handsomely arrayed as he goes to his fiancée's home to claim her as his bride. He also compares the sun to a strong man, probably a well-conditioned athlete, who runs a prescribed course.

The similes accurately describe our earthly observation of the brilliant sun as it rises in the east in the morning, runs its course, and sets in the west in the evening. Some see Jesus in these illustrations. He came from his home in heaven to earth to claim His bride, the church, and like a strong man finished His prescribed course by way of the cross and the open tomb and then returned to heaven. Interestingly, Malachi 4:2 calls him "the sun of righteousness." Jesus, the light of the world, came into the world, but the world rejected Him because "people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil" (John 3:19).