The Bible – Old Testament
1 Hallelujah! 2 Happy are those who fear the LORD, who greatly delight in God’s commands.
Their descendants shall be mighty in the land, generation upright and blessed.
3 Wealth and riches shall be in their homes; their prosperity shall endure forever.
They shine through the darkness, a light for the upright; they are gracious, merciful, and just.
All goes well for those gracious in lending, who conduct their affairs with justice.
They shall never be shaken; the just shall be remembered forever.
They shall not fear an ill report; their hearts are steadfast, trusting the LORD.
Their hearts are tranquil, without fear, till at last they look down on their foes.
4 Lavishly they give to the poor; their prosperity shall endure forever; their horn shall be exalted in honor.
The wicked shall be angry to see this; they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the desires of the wicked come to nothing.
1 [Psalm 112] An acrostic poem detailing the blessings received by those who remain close to God by obedience to the commandments. Among their blessings are children (⇒ Psalm 112:2), wealth that enables them to be magnanimous (⇒ Psalm 112:3, 5, 9), and virtue by which they encourage others (⇒ Psalm 112:4). The just person is an affront to the wicked, whose hopes remain unfulfilled (⇒ Psalm 112:10). The logic resembles Psalms 1; 111.
2  Happy are those: literally, “Happy the person.” “Person” is used typically, hence the plural translation.
4  Their horn: the symbol for vitality and honor.