Psalm 112:4
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New International Version
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.

New Living Translation
Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.

English Standard Version
Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.

New American Standard Bible
Light arises in the darkness for the upright; He is gracious and compassionate and righteous.

King James Bible
Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Light shines in the darkness for the upright. He is gracious, compassionate, and righteous.

International Standard Version
A light shines in the darkness for the upright, for the one who is gracious, compassionate, and just.

NET Bible
In the darkness a light shines for the godly, for each one who is merciful, compassionate, and just.

New Heart English Bible
Light dawns in the darkness for the upright, gracious, merciful, and righteous.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The Light shines in the darkness to the upright and he shows love upon the righteous.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Light will shine in the dark for a decent person. He is merciful, compassionate, and fair.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Unto the upright He shineth as a light in the darkness, Gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

New American Standard 1977
Light arises in the darkness for the upright;
            He is gracious and compassionate and righteous.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Zain A light has shined in the darkness upon the upright: Cheth Gracious and merciful and righteous.

King James 2000 Bible
Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

American King James Version
To the upright there rises light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

American Standard Version
Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: He is gracious, and merciful, and righteous.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To the righteous a light is risen up in darkness: he is merciful, and compassionate and just.

Darby Bible Translation
Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness; he is gracious, and merciful, and righteous.

English Revised Version
Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

Webster's Bible Translation
To the upright there ariseth light in darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

World English Bible
Light dawns in the darkness for the upright, gracious, merciful, and righteous.

Young's Literal Translation
Light hath risen in darkness to the upright, Gracious, and merciful, and righteous.
Study Bible
Blessed is He who Fears the Lord
3Wealth and riches are in his house, And his righteousness endures forever. 4Light arises in the darkness for the upright; He is gracious and compassionate and righteous. 5It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He will maintain his cause in judgment.…
Cross References
Esther 8:16
For the Jews there was light and gladness and joy and honor.

Job 11:17
"Your life would be brighter than noonday; Darkness would be like the morning.

Job 22:28
"You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And light will shine on your ways.

Psalm 37:26
All day long he is gracious and lends, And his descendants are a blessing.

Psalm 97:11
Light is sown like seed for the righteous And gladness for the upright in heart.
Treasury of Scripture

To the upright there rises light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

there ariseth

Psalm 37:6 And he shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your …

Psalm 97:11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

Job 11:17 And your age shall be clearer than the noonday: you shall shine forth, …

Isaiah 50:10 Who is among you that fears the LORD, that obeys the voice of his …

Isaiah 58:10 And if you draw out your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted …

Micah 7:8,9 Rejoice not against me, O my enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when …

Micah 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the …

John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whoever believes on me should …

he is gracious

Psalm 106:1 Praise you the LORD. O give thanks to the LORD; for he is good: for …

Luke 6:36 Be you therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

2 Corinthians 8:8,9 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of …

Ephesians 4:32 And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, …

Ephesians 5:1,2,9,15 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children…

Colossians 3:12,13 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels …

righteous

Titus 2:11,12 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…

1 John 2:29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that every one that does …

1 John 3:7,10 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness …

(4) Ariseth . . .--The Hebrew verb is commonly used of the sunrise. (Comp. Psalm 97:11; Isaiah 58:8.) For the good man the darkest night of trouble and sorrow will have a dawn of hope.

He is gracious . . .--The Authorised Version is right in making this a description of the upright man's character. The construction certainly at first appears strange, since "the upright" is in the plural, while the epithets in this clause resume the singular of Psalm 112:3. This may be best explained by treating the first clause of this verse as a familiar proverbial saying, which the poet introduces, as a quotation, without changing the number to suit his own construction.

Verse 4. - Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness. God's Word is "a lantern unto their feet, and a light unto their paths" (Psalm 119:105) - sufficient under most circumstances to guide their steps aright. When this is not enough, he vouchsafes an inward light to them (Psalm 27:1; Psalm 36:9; Isaiah 58:10; Isaiah 49:6, etc.). He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. It is a very forced interpretation to understand this as said of Jehovah. The entire subject of the psalm is the righteous, God-like man. In him are reflected shadows of all the Divine qualities. Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness,.... Upright ones are sometimes in the darkness of affliction, under divine desertions, without spiritual joy, and in an uncomfortable condition; when on a sudden light arises to them, like break of day, or the morning light: they have deliverance from affliction, and enjoy prosperity; the light of God's countenance is lifted up on them; the sun of righteousness arises upon them with healing in his wings; and spiritual joy and comfort are communicated unto them. It may denote the comforts the people of God have amidst their afflictions and troubles, even while they are in them; and the light they enjoy, while darkness is round about others, like the children of Israel in Egypt: or the suddenness of deliverance from adversity, temporal or spiritual; weeping endures for a night, joy comes in the morning, and at evening time it is light, Psalm 30:5.

He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous; that is, the Lord is so. Thus the Arabic version,

"the Lord God is merciful and bountiful;''

and the Ethiopic version,

"merciful and compassionate is the Lord, and righteous is our King.''

And because God is the God of all grace, and is able to make it abound to his people, and is compassionate to them in distress, and is just and faithful to his promises; therefore he causes light to arise to them in darkness; and which, on such account, they may believe and expect; see Micah 7:8. Some understand this of the upright man and of his character; that he is "gracious", kind, and bountiful; that he is "full of compassion", tenderhearted, and shows mercy to distressed objects; and is righteous, through Christ, and lives soberly and righteously. This sense agrees both with what goes before, and follows after. 4. light—figurative for relief (Ps 27:1; 97:11).

the upright—are like God (Lu 6:36; Ps 111:4).112:1-10 The blessedness of the righteous. - We have to praise the Lord that there are a people in the world, who fear him and serve him, and that they are a happy people; which is owing entirely to his grace. Their fear is not that which love casts out, but that which love brings in. It follows and flows from love. It is a fear to offend. This is both fear and trust. The heart touched by the Spirit of God, as the needle touched with the loadstone, turns direct and speedily to God, yet still with trembling, being filled with this holy fear. Blessings are laid up for the faithful and their children's children; and true riches are bestowed on them, with as much of this world's possessions as is profitable for them. In the darkest hours of affliction and trial, the light of hope and peace will spring up within them, and seasonable relief shall turn mourning into joy. From their Lord's example they learn to be kind and full of compassion, as well as just in all their dealings; they use discretion, that they may be liberal in that manner which appears most likely to do good. Envy and slander may for a time hide their true characters here, but they shall be had in everlasting remembrance. They need not fear evil tidings. A good man shall have a settled spirit. And it is the endeavour of true believers to keep their minds stayed upon God, and so to keep them calm and undisturbed; and God has promised them both cause to do so, and grace to do so. Trusting in the Lord is the best and surest way of establishing the heart. The heart of man cannot fix any where with satisfaction, but in the truth of God, and there it finds firm footing. And those whose hearts are established by faith, will patiently wait till they gain their point. Compare all this with the vexation of sinners. The happiness of the saints is the envy of the wicked. The desire of the wicked shall perish; their desire was wholly to the world and the flesh, therefore when these perish, their joy is gone. But the blessings of the gospel are spiritual and eternal, and are conferred upon the members of the Christian church, through Christ their Head, who is the Pattern of all righteousness, and the Giver of all grace.
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