Psalm 112: Blessing for the Righteous

How does the path of those who delight in God’s direction differ from those who don’t?

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Psalm 112:1 Praise the Lord.
Those who revere the Lord and delight in his direction are blessed.
King James
Psalm 112:1 Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

What might we think is a blessing of the unrighteous, when it really isn’t?

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Psalm 112:2 His children will be mighty in the land, for righteous generations will be blessed.
Matthew 19:23 Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is nearly impossible for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
King James
Psalm 112:2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
Matthew 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

How can the righteous miss seeing great abundance? Why?

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Psalm 112:3 They will prosper, seeing great abundance, and the effect of their goodness will continue forever.
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Psalm 112:3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

How do the lives differ between those who walk in the light and those who walk in darkness?

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Psalm 112:4–8 Even in the darkness, the righteous will walk in light, being compassionate, kind, and good.
Good people are generous, honest, and fair in business.
The righteous cannot be shaken and will be remembered forever. Because they trust the Lord, bad news doesn’t bother them. With unwavering confidence, they have no reason to fear, knowing they will one day see their enemies defeated.
King James
Psalm 112:4–8 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.

What distinguishes good business practices from bad?

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Psalm 112:5 Good people are generous, honest, and fair in business.
King James
Psalm 112:5 A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

What will keep the righteous from being shaken?

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2 Samuel 22:37 You have swept the ground beneath my feet to keep me from slipping.
Psalm 112:6 The righteous cannot be shaken and will be remembered forever.
1 Corinthians 10:12 If you think you are standing strong, watch out! You are one temptation away from a fall.
Hebrews 12:27 All creation will be shaken so only that which cannot be shaken will remain.
James 4:10 Humbly bow before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
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2 Samuel 22:37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.
Psalm 112:6 Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
1 Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
Hebrews 12:27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Why is trusting the Lord an antidote for bad news?

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Psalm 112:7 Because they trust the Lord, bad news doesn’t bother them.
Romans 8:28 All those who love God and are working to fulfill his purpose should know that all things will work together for good.
King James
Psalm 112:7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Upon what should our confidence in God be based?

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Psalm 112:8 With unwavering confidence, they have no reason to fear, knowing they will one day see their enemies defeated.
1 John 3:21 My friends, as God changes us and we no longer condemn ourselves, then we have greater confidence in him.
1 John 5:14 We have this confidence in our Lord: he listens to everything we ask that matches what he wants to do.
King James
Psalm 112:8 His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.
1 John 3:21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

How can our good deeds be “remembered forever”?

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Psalm 112:9 When people generously give to those in need, they will be blessed and honored. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.
King James
Psalm 112:9 He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.

If greed will never bring satisfaction, why do people persist in it?

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Psalm 112:10 Wicked people who see this will grit their teeth in anger until they die, because their greed will never bring satisfaction.
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Psalm 112:10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.