Psalm 36:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 36:6, NIV: Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.

Psalm 36:6, ESV: Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O LORD.

Psalm 36:6, KJV: Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.

Psalm 36:6, NASB: Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; Your judgments are like the great deep. LORD, You protect mankind and animals.

Psalm 36:6, NLT: Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O LORD.

Psalm 36:6, CSB: Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your judgments like the deepest sea. Lord, you preserve people and animals.

What does Psalm 36:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David began this section praising God for His amazing love (Psalm 36:5). Now he attributes firm, unmovable righteousness to God's character. Most deities of world religions are portrayed as fallible. They are changing, fickle, and sometimes must be convinced to keep their own word. A defining characteristic of the God of the Bible is His absolute, unchanging perfection. Unlike pagan idols, David's God—the true God— is righteous always and forever. He is worthy of praise and honor because He can always be trusted to do what is right. His "saving" of animals and men alike, as mentioned here, is in this general context (Psalm 104:14–15; 145:9; Nehemiah 9:6).

The phrase "mountains of God" seems to follow the same pattern as descriptions such as "trees of the Lord" (Psalm 104:16) or "the river of God" (Psalm 65:9): ideas or creations which exemplify His greatness. The connection between God's profound perspective and the idea of "depth" is also seen in other Scriptures (Psalm 71:19; 92:5).

Not one iota of sin stains God's righteous character. The character of Jesus, too, is perfectly righteous. The apostle Peter writes: "He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth" (1 Peter 2:22). The apostle Paul cites Jesus' sinlessness in 2 Corinthians 5:21: "For our sake he made [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."