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Psalm 112

Blessings of the Righteous

1

Praise the Lord!

Happy are those who fear the Lord,

who greatly delight in his commandments.

2

Their descendants will be mighty in the land;

the generation of the upright will be blessed.

3

Wealth and riches are in their houses,

and their righteousness endures forever.

4

They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright;

they are gracious, merciful, and righteous.

5

It is well with those who deal generously and lend,

who conduct their affairs with justice.

6

For the righteous will never be moved;

they will be remembered forever.

7

They are not afraid of evil tidings;

their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord.

8

Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid;

in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.

9

They have distributed freely, they have given to the poor;

their righteousness endures forever;

their horn is exalted in honor.

10

The wicked see it and are angry;

they gnash their teeth and melt away;

the desire of the wicked comes to nothing.


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Ps 112:1-10. This Psalm may be regarded as an exposition of Ps 111:10, presenting the happiness of those who fear and obey God, and contrasting the fate of the ungodly.

1. True fear produces obedience and this happiness.

2, 3. Temporal blessings follow the service of God, exceptions occurring only as they are seen by God to be inconsistent with those spiritual blessings which are better.

4. light—figurative for relief (Ps 27:1; 97:11).

the upright—are like God (Lu 6:36; Ps 111:4).

5-9. Generosity, sound judgment in business, and confidence in God, form a character which preserves from fear of evil and ensures success against enemies. While a man thus truly pious is liberal, he increases in substance.

6. not be moved—(compare Ps 13:4; 15:5).

8. heart is established—or, firm in right principles.

see his desire—(Ps 50:23; 54:7).

10. Disappointed in their malevolent wishes by the prosperity of the pious, the wicked are punished by the working of their evil passions, and come to naught.




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