Happy are those who fear Yahweh!
Happy are those who greatly delight in his commandments!
Their descendants will be mighty in the land.
The generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in their houses.
Their righteousness endures forever.
They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright.
They are gracious, merciful, and righteous.
It is well with those who deal generously and lend.
They conduct their affairs with justice.
The righteous will never be moved.
They will be remembered forever.”
Psalm 112 is a companion psalm to Psalm 111. Even though it is fairly short, it is another line by line acrostic or Hebrew alphabet psalm without any title. Just like the preceding psalm, it also starts with the refrain “Praise Yahweh” or the Alleluia cry, the Hebrew word “Hallelujah.” Although there is a comparison between the righteous and the wicked, the emphasis is mostly on the righteous. The righteous are happy because they fear God. They delight in his commandments. Their descendants will be mighty. The generations of the upright are blessed and happy since their righteousness endures forever. They will have wealth and riches in their houses. They will be the light in the darkness. They are gracious, merciful, and righteous, just like Yahweh. They will be generous and just. They will be remembered because of their righteousness.
“Yahweh is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him.
He is ever mindful of his covenant.
He has shown his people the power of his works.
He gave them the heritage of the nations.
The works of his hands are truth and justice.
All his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established forever and ever.
They are to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people.
He has commanded his covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is his name!
The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom.
All those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!”
This short psalm ends by telling Yahweh that he is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him. He is ever mindful of his covenant with Israel. He has shown them the power of his works as they are his heritage. His works are true and just. All his precepts are trustworthy as they last forever. They are to be followed with faithfulness and uprightness. He has saved or rescued his people. He has commanded them to follow his covenant forever because he is holy and awesome. This fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom, which is a key element of wisdom literature. Those who follow him will understand this. His praise will last forever.
I will give thanks to Yahweh,
With my whole heart,
In the company of the upright,
In the congregation.
Great are the works of Yahweh,
Studied by all who delight in them.
Full of honor and majesty is his work.
His righteousness endures forever.
He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds.”
Psalm 111 is a hymn of praise to Yahweh because he has kept his covenant with Israel. Although there is no title, this fairly short acrostic or Hebrew alphabet psalm has a letter for every line. Like the next 2 psalms, it starts with the refrain “Praise Yahweh” or the Alleluia cry, which is the Hebrew word “Hallelujah.” The psalmist will give thanks to Yahweh with his whole heart at the congregational meeting. He talked about the great works of Yahweh that delights those who study them. Yahweh is full of honor and majesty in his work. Of course, his righteousness lasts forever because he has become well known by his wonderful actions.