Psalm 112:5
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English Standard Version
It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.

King James Bible
A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: 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:

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.

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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 112:5 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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 will he condemn.

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

Acts 11:24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added to the Lord.

Romans 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

sheweth

Psalm 37:25,26 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread...

Deuteronomy 15:7-10 If there be among you a poor man of one of your brothers within any of your gates in your land which the LORD your God gives you...

Job 31:16-20 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail...

Luke 6:35 But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great...

he will

Proverbs 17:18 A man void of understanding strikes hands, and becomes surety in the presence of his friend.

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 for debts...

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

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 that remain, that nothing be lost.

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 and in all judgment;

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