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112. Psalm 112

1Praise ye Jah! O the happiness of one fearing Jehovah, In His commands he hath delighted greatly. 2Mighty in the earth is his seed, The generation of the upright is blessed. 3Wealth and riches [are] in his house, And his righteousness is standing for ever. 4Light hath risen in darkness to the upright, Gracious, and merciful, and righteous. 5Good [is] the man -- gracious and lending, He sustaineth his matters in judgment. 6For -- to the age he is not moved; For a memorial age-during is the righteous. 7Of an evil report he is not afraid, Prepared is His heart, confident in Jehovah. 8Sustained is his heart -- he feareth not, Till that he look on his adversaries. 9He hath scattered -- hath given to the needy, His righteousness is standing for ever, His horn is exalted with honour. 10The wicked seeth, and hath been angry, His teeth he gnasheth, and hath melted, The desire of the wicked doth perish!

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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.