Psalm 36:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 36:5, NIV: Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.

Psalm 36:5, ESV: Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.

Psalm 36:5, KJV: Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.

Psalm 36:5, NASB: Your mercy, LORD, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

Psalm 36:5, NLT: Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.

Psalm 36:5, CSB: Lord, your faithful love reaches to heaven, your faithfulness to the clouds.

What does Psalm 36:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul, in 1 Corinthians 13:13, writes: "So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love." Love is the first example David lists in describing God's character. He points out that God's love knows no limits. It extends to the heavens. But God's limitless love also extends to a world of lost sinners. John 3:16 affirms that He loved the world so much that "he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." Romans 5:8 points out that "God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

The Lord's love is so strong that nothing can separate His children from it (Romans 8:38–39). Not only is God's love limitless but His faithfulness is also without end. David describes this as extending to the clouds. God never fails to provide for His creatures. He is faithful to keep every promise He has made. Jeremiah repeats this idea in Lamentations 3:23.

This verse uses the Hebrew word hesed, often used to depict God's "lovingkindness" or "steadfast love" (Psalm 36:10)