Psalm 112:1
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English Standard Version
Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments!

King James Bible
Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

American Standard Version
Praise ye Jehovah. Blessed is the man that feareth Jehovah, That delighteth greatly in his commandments.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he shall delight exceedingly in his commandments.

English Revised Version
Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

Webster's Bible Translation
Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

That which the poet purposes doing in Psalm 111:1, he puts into execution from Psalm 111:2 onwards. ועדה, according to Psalm 64:7; Psalm 118:14, is equivalent to ועדתם. According to Psalm 111:10, הפציהם in Psalm 111:2 apparently signifies those who find pleasure in them (the works of God); but חפצי equals חפצי (like שׂמחי, Isaiah 24:7 equals שׂמחי) is less natural than that it should be the construct form of the plural of חפץ, that occurs in three instances, and there was no need for saying that those who make the works of God the object of their research are such as interest themselves in them. We are led to the right meaning by לכל־חפצו in 1 Kings 9:11 in comparison with Isaiah 44:28; Isaiah 46:10, cf. Isaiah 53:10, where חפץ signifies God's purpose in accordance with His counsel: constantly searched into, and therefore a worthy object of research (דרשׁ, root דר, to seek to know by rubbing, and in general experimentally, cf. Arab. drâ of knowledge empirically acquired) according to all their aims, i.e., in all phases of that which they have in view. In Psalm 111:4 זכר points to the festival which propagates the remembrance of the deeds of God in the Mosaic age; טרף, Psalm 111:5, therefore points to the food provided for the Exodus, and to the Passover meal, together with the feast of unleavened bread, this memorial (זכּרון, Exodus 12:14) of the exemption in faithfulness to the covenant which was experienced in Egypt. This Psalm, says Luther, looks to me as though it had been composed for the festival of Easter. Even from the time of Theodoret and Augustine the thought of the Eucharist has been connected with Psalm 111:5 in the New Testament mind; and it is not without good reason that Psalm 111:1-10 has become the Psalm of the church at the celebration of the Lord's Supper. In connection with הגּיד one is reminded of the Pesach-Haggada. The deed of redemption which it relates has a power that continues in operation; for to the church of Jahve is assigned the victory not only over the peoples of Canaan, but over the whole world. The power of Jahve's deeds, which He has made known to His people, and which they tell over again among themselves, aims at giving them the inheritance of the peoples. The works of His hands are truth and right, for they are the realization of that which is true and which lasts and verifies itself, and of that which is right, that triumphantly maintains its ground. His ordinances are נאמנים (occasionally pointed נאמנים), established, attested, in themselves and in their results authorizing a firm confidence in their salutariness (cf. Psalm 19:8). סמוּכים, supported, stayed, viz., not outwardly, but in themselves, therefore imperturbable (cf. סמוּך used of the state of mind, Psalm 112:8; Isaiah 26:3). עשׂוּים, moulded, arranged, viz., on the part of God, "in truth, and upright;" ישׂר is accusative of the predicate (cf. Psalm 119:37), but without its being clear why it is not pointed וישׁר. If we have understood Psalm 111:4-6 correctly, then פּדוּת glances back at the deliverance out of Egypt. Upon this followed the ratification of the covenant on Sinai, which still remains inviolable down to the present time of the poet, and has the holiness and terribleness of the divine Name for a guarantee of its inviolability. The fear of Jahve, this holy and terrible God, is the beginning of wisdom - the motto of the Chokma in Job (Job 28:28) and Proverbs (Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 9:10), the Books of the Chokma. Psalm 111:10 goes on in this Proverbs-like strain: the fear of God, which manifests itself in obedience, is to those who practise them (the divine precepts, פקודים) שׂכל טּוב (Proverbs 13:15; Proverbs 3:4, cf. 2 Chronicles 30:22), a fine sagacity, praiseworthy discernment - such a (dutiful) one partakes of everlasting praise. It is true, in glancing back to Psalm 111:3, תּהלּתו seems to refer to God, but a glance forward to Psalm 112:3 shows that the praise of him who fears God is meant. The old observation therefore holds good: ubi haec ode desinit, sequens incipit (Bakius).

Psalm 112:1 Parallel Commentaries

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praise ye the Lord. Heb. Hallelujah

Psalm 111:1 Praise you the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

Psalm 147:1 Praise you the LORD: for it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.

Psalm 148:11-14 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth...

Psalm 150:1 Praise you the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

This is another of the alphabetical Psalms, being formed exactly as the preceding in the division of its verses; and like it, was probably composed for the use of the Jews, after their return from captivity.

blessed

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments...

Psalm 115:7-13 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat...

Psalm 128:1 Blessed is every one that fears the LORD; that walks in his ways.

Psalm 145:19 He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

Isaiah 40:10 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him...

Luke 1:50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

delighteth

Psalm 1:1,2 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners...

Psalm 40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God: yes, your law is within my heart.

Psalm 119:16,35,47,48,70-72,97,143 I will delight myself in your statutes: I will not forget your word...

Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Cross References
Psalm 1:2
but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

Psalm 115:13
he will bless those who fear the LORD, both the small and the great.

Psalm 119:14
In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.

Psalm 119:16
I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.

Psalm 119:35
Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.

Psalm 128:1
Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways!

Proverbs 31:30
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

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