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Psalms 112:1

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Psalm 112 1 

112:1 Praise the Lord!

How blessed is the one 2  who obeys 3  the Lord,

who takes great delight in keeping his commands. 4 

John 14:23

Context
14:23 Jesus replied, 5  “If anyone loves me, he will obey 6  my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and take up residence with him. 7 

1 sn Psalm 112. This wisdom psalm lists some of the benefits of living a godly life. The psalm is an acrostic. After the introductory call to praise, every poetic line (twenty-two in all) begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

2 tn Heb “[Oh] the happiness [of] the man.” Hebrew wisdom literature often assumes and reflects the male-oriented perspective of ancient Israelite society. The individual is representative of a larger group, called the “godly” in vv. 3-4. The principle of the psalm is certainly applicable to all people, regardless of their gender. To facilitate modern application, we translate the gender specific “man” with the more neutral “one.” The generic masculine pronoun is used in the following verses.

3 tn Heb “fears.”

4 tn Heb “in his commands he delights very much.” The words “in keeping” are supplied in the translation for clarification. Taking delight in the law is metonymic here for obeying God’s moral will. See Ps 1:2.

5 tn Grk “answered and said to him.”

6 tn Or “will keep.”

7 tn Grk “we will come to him and will make our dwelling place with him.” The context here is individual rather than corporate indwelling, so the masculine singular pronoun has been retained throughout v. 23. It is important to note, however, that the pronoun is used generically here and refers equally to men, women, and children.



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