Psalm 112:5
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New International Version
Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.

New Living Translation
Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly.

English Standard Version
It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.

New American Standard Bible
It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He will maintain his cause in judgment.

King James Bible
A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Good will come to a man who lends generously and conducts his business fairly.

International Standard Version
It is good for the person who lends generously, conducting his affairs with fairness.

NET Bible
It goes well for the one who generously lends money, and conducts his business honestly.

New Heart English Bible
It is well with the man who deals graciously and lends. He will maintain his cause in judgment.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Blessed is the man who shows mercy and lends and he proclaims his words in judgment

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All goes well for the person who is generous and lends willingly. He earns an honest living.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Well is it with the man that dealeth graciously and lendeth, That ordereth his affairs rightfully.

New American Standard 1977
It is well with the man who is gracious and lends;
            He will maintain his cause in judgment.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Teth A good man has mercy and lends; Jod He will govern his affairs with good judgment.

King James 2000 Bible
A good man shows favor, and lends: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

American King James Version
A good man shows favor, and lends: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

American Standard Version
Well is it with the man that dealeth graciously and lendeth; He shall maintain his cause in judgment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Acceptable is the man that showeth mercy and lendeth: he shall order his words with judgment:

Darby Bible Translation
It is well with the man that is gracious and lendeth; he will sustain his cause in judgment.

English Revised Version
Well is it with the man that dealeth graciously and lendeth; he shall maintain his cause in judgment.

Webster's Bible Translation
A good man showeth favor, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

World English Bible
It is well with the man who deals graciously and lends. He will maintain his cause in judgment.

Young's Literal Translation
Good is the man -- gracious and lending, He sustaineth his matters in judgment.
Study Bible
Blessed is He who Fears the Lord
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. 6For he will never be shaken; The righteous will be remembered forever.…
Cross References
Psalm 37:21
The wicked borrows and does not pay back, But the righteous is gracious and gives.

Proverbs 21:26
All day long he is craving, While the righteous gives and does not hold back.
Treasury of Scripture

A good man shows favor, and lends: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

good

Proverbs 2:20 That you may walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

Proverbs 12:2 A good man obtains favor of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices …

Luke 23:50 And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counselor; and he was …

Acts 11:24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and …

Romans 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for …

sheweth

Psalm 37:25,26 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous …

Deuteronomy 15:7-10 If there be among you a poor man of one of your brothers within any …

Job 31:16-20 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the …

Luke 6:35 But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing …

he will

Proverbs 17:18 A man void of understanding strikes hands, and becomes surety in …

Proverbs 18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

Proverbs 22:26,27 Be not you one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties …

Proverbs 24:27,30-34 Prepare your work without, and make it fit for yourself in the field; …

Proverbs 27:23-27 Be you diligent to know the state of your flocks, and look well to your herds…

John 6:12 When they were filled, he said to his disciples, Gather up the fragments …

Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Ephesians 5:15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

discretion. Heb. judgement

Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge …

(5) A good man.--Rather, happy is the man who gives and lends, good being here not used in a moral sense, but meaning prosperous.

He will guide . . .--Rather, he will gain his cause: in (the) judgment. So apparently the LXX. and Vulg. Others, "he will sustain his affairs by justice." The verb primarily means "to measure," but in the conjugation here used has the sense of "sustains." (See Genesis 45:11; Genesis 47:12; Genesis 1:21, where the Authorised Version has "nourish.") The meaning is confirmed by the parallelism of the next verse.

Verse 5. - A good man showeth favor, and lendeth; rather, well is it with the man that showeth, etc. The verse is exegetical of the latter clause of ver. 4, and shows how the righteous man's compassion works. It makes him "show favor," or "kindness," to men generally, and "lend" to those who are in necessity (comp. Psalm 37:26; and for the duty of lending to the needy, see Deuteronomy 15:8, 11). He will guide his affairs with discretion; rather, perhaps, with equity. Scarcely, as Professor Cheyne suggests, "in courts of justice." A good man showeth favour, and lendeth,.... Without usury, hoping for nothing again: he pities those that labour under difficulties, for want of a little money; and he generously lends it till they are able to pay him again; which oftentimes is of as much service as if it was given; see Psalm 37:21. A good man is not only a man that has the good work of grace in him, and is ready to every good work; but one that is munificent, bountiful, and liberal; in which sense the word is used in Romans 5:7 and so in Latin writers (n).

He will guide his affairs with discretion; his civil and domestic affairs: he will act the part of a good economist; so that he may be able to support his family with credit and reputation, and have something to give to the relief of those in want. Some restrain this to his acts of charity. He lends to some, and gives to others: he takes care that they to whom he gives are proper objects of charity; he gives to persons seasonably, and in proportion to his own ability and their wants. It may be rendered, "he shall guide his words with judgment" (o); take care of what he says, and before whom; and that it be at a proper time and place; and especially when speaking of spiritual and religious things.

(n) "Bonus est hic homo", Plauti Poenulus, Acts 5. Sc. 4. v. 42. "Vellet bonus atque benignus", Horat. Satyr. I. 1. Sat. 2. v. 51. "Piso bonus", Juvenal. Sat. 5. v. 109. (o) "verba sua in, vel cum, judicio", Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus, Cocceius, Gejerus. 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.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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