God does not change

Psalms 102:27 AV
But thou [‭art]‭ the same,
and thy years shall have no end.‭

Other translations

New International Version
But you remain the same, and your years will never end.

New Living Translation
But you are always the same; you will live forever.

English Standard Version
but you are the same, and your years have no end.

Berean Study Bible
But You remain the same, and Your years will never end.

New American Standard Bible
“But You are the same, And Your years will not come to an end.

Amplified Bible
“But You remain the same, And Your years will never end.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But thou art always the selfsame, and thy years shall not fail.

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Cross References

Hebrews 1:12
You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed; but You remain the same, and Your years will never end.”

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, with whom there is no change or shifting shadow.

Job 36:26
Indeed, God is great–beyond our knowledge; the number of His years is unsearchable.

Psalm 90:2
Before the mountains were born or You brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God.

Psalm 90:4
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

Isaiah 41:4
Who has performed this and carried it out, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD–the first and the last–I am He.”

Isaiah 43:10
“You are My witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may consider and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me no god was formed, and after Me none will come.

Malachi 3:6
“Because I, the LORD, do not change, you descendants of Jacob have not been destroyed.

John 8:58
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am

Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

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But thou art the same
Literally, but thou art HE (comp. Isaiah 44:4;  46:4); i.e. “thou art the one eternal and unchangeable existence – the one reality.” 

And thy years shall have no end
It is by an accommodation to human modes of thought that God’s “years” are spoken cf. An eternal existence is a unity – not made up of years and days.

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But thou art the same
That hast created them, as the Targum adds; or “thou art he”, the everlasting I AM, the unchangeable God;

Immutable
▪︎ In His nature and perfections;
▪︎ In his love and affections to his people;
▪︎ In his power to protect and keep them;
▪︎ In his wisdom to guide and direct them;
▪︎ In his righteousness to clothe them, and render them acceptable to God;
▪︎ In his blood to cleanse them, and speak peace and pardon to them;
▪︎ In his fulness to supply them,
▪︎ and in his intercession for them.

And thy years shall have no end
Now He, that made the heavens and the earth, and will be when they will not be, especially in the present form they are, must be able to rebuild his Zion, and bring on the glory he has promised; and from his eternity and immutability may be concluded the continuance of his church and interest in the world, until all the glorious things spoken of it shall be fulfilled, as follows.

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Exposition

But thou art the same
Or, “thou art He.” As a man remains the same when he has changed his clothing, so is the Lord evermore the unchanging One, though His works in creation may be changed, and the operations of His providence may vary.

When heaven and earth shall flee away from the dread presence of the great Judge, He will be unaltered by the terrible confusion, and the world in conflagration will effect no change in Him; even so, the Psalmist remembered that when Israel was vanquished, her capital destroyed, and her temple levelled with the ground, her God remained the same self- existent, all-sufficient being, and would restore His people, even as He will restore the heavens and the earth, bestowing at the same time a new glory never known before.

The doctrine of the immutability of God should be more considered than it is, for the neglect of it tingles the theology of many religious teachers, and makes them utter many things of which they would have seen the absurdity long ago if they had remembered the divine declaration, “I am God, I change not, therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”

And Thy years shall have no end.
God lives on, no decay can happen to Him, or destruction overtake Him.
What a joy is this! We may lose our dearest earthly friends, but not our heavenly Friend. Men’s days are often suddenly cut short, and at the longest they are but few, but the years of the right hand of the Most High cannot be counted, for they have neither first nor last, beginning nor end.
O my soul, rejoice in the Lord always, since He is always the same.

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Explanatory notes and quaint saying

Thou art the same.
The essence of God, with all the perfections of his nature, are pronounced the same, without any variation from eternity to eternity. So that the text doth not only assert the eternal duration of God, but his immutability in that duration; his eternity is signified in that expression, “thou shalt endure;” his immutability in this, “thou art the same.” To endure, argues indeed this immutability as well as eternity; for what endures is not changed, and what is changed doth not endure.
“But thou art the same,” doth more fully signify it. He could not be the same if he could be changed into any other thing than what he is.
The Psalmist therefore puts, not thou hast been or shall be, but thou art the same, without any alteration; thou art the same, that is, the same God, the same in essence and nature, the same in will and purpose, thou dost change all other things as thou pleaseth; but thou art immutable in every respect, and receivest no shadow of change, thought never so light and small.
The Psalmist here alludes to the name YHWH, I am, and doth not only ascribe immutability to God, but exclude everything else from partaking in that perfection.
— Stephen Charnock.

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