Tehillim / Psalms 112, ספר תהילים קיב, Part 1, Tzedakah, Morality, Ethics, and Justice according to the Psalms

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In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 112:1-10, the Psalm opens saying, א הַלְלוּיָהּ | אַשְׁרֵי-אִישׁ יָרֵא אֶת- יְהוָֹה בְּמִצְוֹתָיו חָפֵץ מְאדֹ: 112:1 Praise the Lord! How blessed is the man who fears the Lord, Who greatly delights in His commandments. (NASB) The Psalmist speaks of the one who delights in the commandments of God. Modern theologies teach that the Law is not a delight. Why would the commands cause one to have great delight? The psalm continues saying, ב גִּבּוֹרבָּאָרֶץ יִהְיֶה זַרְעוֹ דּוֹר יְשָׁרִים יְברָֹךְ: ג הוֹן-וָעשֶׁר בְּבֵיתוֹ וְצִדְקָתוֹ עמֶֹדֶת לָעַד: 112:2 His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. 112:3 Wealth and riches are in his house, And his righteousness endures forever. 112:4 Light arises in the darkness for the upright; He is gracious and compassionate and righteous. (NASB) The concept here is that the one who fears the Lord, his descendants will be numerous and mighty on the earth. These people however will be upright ( יְשָׁרִים ) meaning they will walk to straight and narrow path of righteousness, justice, holiness, and truth. This kind of righteousness will endure through generations, because the godly man will teach his children the ways of the Lord. Read more here: Tehillim 112-Part1

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