The Blessed State of the Righteous

In Psalm 112 the prophet praiseth the felicities of those that fear God and condemeth the cursed state of those who contend with God.

Psalm 112
1 Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man, that (a) feareth the Lord, and delighteth greatly in his commandments.
2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the righteous shall be blessed.
3 (b) Riches and treasures shall be in his house, and his righteousness endureth forever.
4 Unto the (c) righteous ariseth light in darkness: he is merciful and full of compassion and righteous.
5 A good man is merciful and (d) lendeth, and will measure his affairs by judgment.
6 Surely he shall never be moved: but the righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.
7 He will not be afraid of evil tidings: for his heart is fixed, and believeth in the Lord.
8 His heart is established: therefore he will not fear, until he see his desire upon his enemies.
9 He hath (e) distributed and given to ye poor: his righteousness remaineth forever: his (f) horn shall be exalted with glory.
10 The wicked shall see it and be angry: he shall gnash with his teeth, and (g) consume away: the desire of the wicked shall perish. (Geneva Bible Psalm 112)

(a) He means that reverent fear which is in the children of God, which causes them to delight only in the word of God.
(b) The godly will have abundance and contentment, because their heart is satisfied in God alone.
(c) The faithful in all their adversities know that all will go well with them for God will be merciful and just.
(d) He shows what the fruit of mercy is, to lend freely and not for gain, and so to measure his doings that he may be able to help where need requires and not to bestow all on himself.
(e) The godly are not stingy, but distribute liberally, as the need of the poor requires and as his power is able.
(f) His power and prosperous estate.
(g) The blessings of God on his children will cause the wicked to die for envy.

2 thoughts on “The Blessed State of the Righteous

  1. Interesting post. Interesting because just yesterday I heard a so-called pastor preaching from his pulpit that we should not help the poor, that the poor just need to get a job. He went on to rail against churches and Christians who help the poor and calling them all manner of names. He was, of course, a hyper-fundamentalist pastor of an independent Baptist church. It just amazes me that people actually listen to men like him when the Scriptures teachings are so clearly contrary to the teaching of men like him.

    I like the Geneva Bible, but it is difficult to read with S’s that look like F’s and the Old English print. Still it is a beautiful translation.

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  2. I agree with you Robert, both on your analysis of that bad preaching and also on the Geneva Bible. I have a 1560 Geneva Bible and I love reading it however, there are times when I have to stop and compare passages with the NASB to see where it is coming from.

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