Psalm 19:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 19:9, NIV: "The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous."

Psalm 19:9, ESV: "the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether."

Psalm 19:9, KJV: "The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether."

Psalm 19:9, NASB: "The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether."

Psalm 19:9, NLT: "Reverence for the LORD is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the LORD are true; each one is fair."

Psalm 19:9, CSB: "The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are reliable and altogether righteous."

What does Psalm 19:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The "fear of the LORD" seems like a strange term for the law God gave to Israel, but the Law was intended to teach the people of Israel to fear the Lord. The meaning of "fear," here, is the archaic sense of profound respect, humility, and acceptance. This is not a sense of panic, but of deference. This statement points out that reverential fear of the Lord is clean and endures forever. Unlike false religions that are defiled, God's Word is undefiled and everlasting. A judge may render an inaccurate decision, but God's judgments are true, David writes, and they are thoroughly righteous.

One of the instructions the Lord gave to Israel's king appears in Deuteronomy 17:18–19. It directs him to "write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it in all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them." In Psalm 34:11 David wrote, "Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD."