What truth has sprung out of the Earth? (Psalms 85:11) All I can think of is the Book of Mormon?


A question from a reader: Psalms 85:11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

The Book of Mormon came from buried plates with ancient scripture on them. If you don’t believe that Psalms 85:11 is about the Book of Mormon, what is it talking about?
What truth has sprung out of the earth?
postmoderndan- It says it WILL spring forth… was there no plants when this prophecy was made or something?
the next jesus. jk– So Jesus came out of the ground???

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23 Responses to “What truth has sprung out of the Earth? (Psalms 85:11) All I can think of is the Book of Mormon?”

  • postmoderndan says:

    NOT the BOM. The Bible says that all Creation testifies to the Glory of the Lord.

  • Edward L says:

    Well we can only hope its not that groundhog that saw his shadow today.

  • Morganie4 says:

    You’ve got to be kidding. That’s a pretty far stretch.

    Here is a commentary:
    http://www.blueletterbible.org/commentaries/comm_view.cfm?AuthorID=7&contentID=2446&commInfo=6&topic=Psalms

  • valhall13 says:

    The BOM came out of the mind of a 14 year old con artist.
    Read history.

  • SageKing says:

    Metaphorical. Nobody believes in the Book of Mormon.

  • the next jesus. jk says:

    they are talking about the man of truth which is jesus.

  • Ideas, Not Beliefs says:

    Look, I don’t want to attack your religion, especially since you Mormons have a hard time here a lot anyway, but don’t you think that you’re really reaching with a lame sense of literalism here? Why wouldn’t it simply mean that when people are Just and Honest that the Heavens are glad we were, and will reward us with righteousness? The verse doesn’t claim to be any sort of prophecy, and the Psalms are often about the Earth in harmony with Heaven.

  • bud85348 says:

    It is a figurative saying.

    Do not overlook the value of your spiritual heritage, the river of truth running down through the centuries, even to the barren times of a materialistic and secular age. In all your worthy efforts to rid yourselves of the superstitious creeds of past ages, make sure that you hold fast the eternal truth. But be patient! when the present superstition revolt is over, the truths of Jesus’ gospel will persist gloriously to illuminate a new and better way. Page 2082-6

  • K says:

    You have to have more than one scripture to back up your point. The bible says by two or more witnesses let every word be established.

  • sunestauromai (συνεσταύρωμαι) says:

    Jesus… the BREAD of life.

    The traditional prayer, dating probably to the exile, in the Passover ceremony, or Haggadah, that Jesus probably prayed during the “Last Supper” goes something like this:

    Blessed are you O Lord, king of the universe, WHO BRINGS FORTH BREAD FROM THE EARTH.

    In three days Jesus’ body, the bread, the TRUTH,… WOULD BE BROUGHT BACK from where it was placed in the ground, forever breaking Satan’s death-grip on human kind.

    Sure sounds like fulfillment to me.

    “Truth” is a valid reading, but might not be the best. The word used is defined: “faithfulness, reliability, trustworthiness; truth, what conforms to reality in contrast to what is false;” and is set in parallel with one defined “righteousness, justice, rightness, acting according to a proper (God’s) standard, doing what is right, being in the right.” Given the options, “faithfulness” seems to relate this meaning better to an English reader.

  • yesmar says:

    Psalm 85 is a song or poem of peace and thanksgiving. “Love and loyalty will come together; goodness and peace will unite. Loyalty will sprout from the ground; justice will look down from the sky above.” Taken in context, that particular verse is not talking about an object. Thanks for sharing though.

  • Jason says:

    Well, for starters, read the next verse:

    11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
    and righteousness looks down from heaven.

    12 The LORD will indeed give what is good,
    and our land will yield its harvest.

    To paraphrase: God is faithful in bringing us our yearly crops.

  • "Hector!" says:

    Let me read more of the chapter, then I’ll get back to you on that.

  • whats up says:

    sorry, the Book of Mormon is a huge fraud. Anyone with half of brain knows this!!!

    You Mormons love to pick out a few words out of a very big book and say, “see, look, the church is true”. Discusting and very child-like

  • scotgirl60 says:

    An even more plausible relationship would be to the New Testament scripture of Luke 19:

    37When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
    38″Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]
    “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

    39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

    40″I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the ROCKS will cry out.” (i.e.: testify to the truth of Jesus).

    OR even better, since it says truth shall “Spring out” of the earth, there are many places in scripture where it speaks of the water of life, and Jesus being that water.

    I think it’s absurdity to make the claim that this one passage refers to the Book of Mormon when there are so many more credible and valid possibilities.

  • Fuzzy says:

    Quote: What truth has sprung out of the earth?

    The prophecy may have received its primary fulfillment on the Jews of the past when the remnant returned from Babylon and restored true worship at the new temple they built.

    All things were however written with us in mind who live in the times of the end. At this time this awaits a fulfillment. Once Paradise has been established on earth during the millennial reign “Truth springs out of the earth, and righteousness has looked down from heaven.”

    Righteousness will look down from heaven in the shape of righteous and near instant judgments upon evil acts by the then living humans. In return, their way of life is one guided by the truth of God, by the Word of God, Christ Jesus. In that way, by their living the way in near perfect obedience to the Word, peace and truth will spring out of the earth, out of earthly society.

  • tebone0315 says:

    Loyalty and justice, not the book of Mormon

    1 [For the choirmaster Of the sons of Korah Psalm] Yahweh, you are gracious to your land, you bring back the captives of Jacob,
    2 you take away the guilt of your people, you blot out all their sin.Pause
    3 You retract all your anger, you renounce the heat of your fury.
    4 Bring us back, God our Saviour, appease your indignation against us!
    5 Will you be angry with us for ever? Will you prolong your wrath age after age?
    6 Will you not give us life again, for your people to rejoice in you?
    7 Show us, Lord, your faithful love, grant us your saving help.
    8 I am listening. What is God’s message? Yahweh’s message is peace for his people, for his faithful, if only they renounce their folly.
    9 His saving help is near for those who fear him, his glory will dwell in our land.
    10 Faithful Love and Loyalty join together, Saving Justice and Peace embrace.
    11 Loyalty will spring up from the earth, and Justice will lean down from heaven.
    12 Yahweh will himself give prosperity, and our soil will yield its harvest.
    13 Justice will walk before him, treading out a path.

  • cheetaking243 says:

    Psalms is a book of prayers, not a book of prophecy, and you can’t treat it as such. Reading the whole verse, you can see that it is a prayer for the blessing of Israel, and is not trying to foretell the rise of a gentile denomination. The psalmist is praying that God will withhold His anger from Israel. And then starting in verse 9, he begins describing what awaits those in Israel who love and fear God, namely a perfect nation where truth immerses them from every source and righteousness is always looking down at them from heaven. And regardless of any individual’s views on Mormonism, you can’t try to make a verse say something that it was never intended to say.

  • scotty_84116 says:

    How about Daniel’s rock that will roll forth and cover the earth? One million missionaries since 1830 is a start. The The Book of Mormon and the Bible are the only living books. They sell more each year than the last year. The Book of Mormon is printed in most languages and the missionaries teach in the language of the country.
    To K; read about the three and eight witnesses of the Book of Mormon. (mormon . com). Church history makes it clear that psalms 85:11 is talking about the Book of Mormon (mormon.org).

  • Mike Matney says:

    Psalms 85 is obviously talking about Christ. Read the whole Psalm and it’s clear. Psalms is poetry by the way – a lot of metaphors and stuff.

    Here is the truth that sprung out of the earth:
    Isa 53:2-5 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. (3) He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (4) Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. (5) But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

    Joh 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

  • strplng warrior mom says:

    ROFL! don’t take the scripture so literally?! oh, that’s a good one.

  • 7 of 9 says:

    I know you want to believe it is the BofM, so…
    “faithful ness springs forth” as new growth springs from the Earth to bless all living things with plenty…”Rightiousness looks down” It shines down Benevolently (with disaster as subject, the hebrew for: looking down, indicates the opposite effect: jer. 6:1 looms) from heaven and from earth god’s covenant blessing will abound till israel’s cup overflows.

  • hotwheels122298 says:

    wow i truly never thought of that. i mean ive heard that but wow it makes sense now! it makes me feel so much better knowing that and having that cleared up for me. thank you!

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