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Psalms 112:5-9


112:5 It goes well for the one 1  who generously lends money,

and conducts his business honestly. 2 

112:6 For he will never be upended;

others will always remember one who is just. 3 

112:7 He does not fear bad news.

He 4  is confident; he trusts 5  in the Lord.

112:8 His resolve 6  is firm; he will not succumb to fear

before he looks in triumph on his enemies.

112:9 He generously gives 7  to the needy;

his integrity endures. 8 

He will be vindicated and honored. 9 

1 tn Heb “man.”

2 tn Heb “he sustains his matters with justice.”

3 tn Heb “for an eternal memorial a just [one] will be.”

4 tn Heb “his heart,” viewed here as the seat of the volition and emotions (see Ps 108:1).

5 tn The passive participle בָּטֻחַ [בָּטוּחַ] (batuakh [batuakh]) expresses a state that results from the subject’s action. See Isa 26:3.

6 tn Heb “his heart,” viewed here as the seat of the volition.

7 tn Heb “he scatters, he gives.”

8 tn Heb “stands forever.”

9 tn Heb “his horn will be lifted up in honor.” The horn of an ox underlies the metaphor (see Deut 33:17; 1 Kgs 22:11; Ps 92:10). The horn of the wild ox is frequently a metaphor for military strength; the idiom “exalt/lift up the horn” signifies military victory (see 1 Sam 2:10; Pss 89:17, 24; 92:10; Lam 2:17).

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