They shall receive mercy.”
μακάριοι οἱ ἐλεήμονες, ὅτι αὐτοὶ ἐλεηθήσονται.
The happy, blessed, and fortunate ones (μακάριοι) would be those who were merciful. Along with justice, one of Yahweh’s two great attributes was mercy. Matthew just said that people who hungered and thirsted after righteousness or justice would be holy or blessed. Now, you would be emulating God, if you showed mercy. Not only that, if you were merciful (οἱ ἐλεήμονες), you would receive mercy (ὅτι αὐτοὶ ἐλεηθήσονται). God would be merciful to you, just as in Psalm 145:8-9. Yahweh, God the Father, was gracious and merciful, slow to anger, in his abundant steadfast love. Yahweh was good to all the people, because he had compassion and mercy over all that he had made.
You are my God!
I will exalt you!
I will praise your name!
You have done wonderful things,
Plans formed of old,
Faithful and sure.
You have made the city a heap.
The fortified city has become a ruin.
The palace of aliens
Is a city no more.
It will never be rebuilt.
Therefore strong people
Will glorify you.
Cities of ruthless nations
Will fear you.
You have been a refuge
To the poor,
To the needy in their distress.
You have been a shelter
From the rainstorm.
You have been a shade
From the heat.
The blast of the ruthless was
Like a winter rainstorm.
The noise of aliens was
Like heat in a dry place.
You subdued the heat
With the shade of clouds.
The song of the ruthless was stilled.”
Isaiah gives thanks and praise to Yahweh because he has done wonderful faithful and sure things from of old as there are echoes of the acrostic Psalm 145. Then there is a turn to an unnamed ruined fortified city, where the palace of the aliens or foreigners was destroyed, never to be rebuilt again. There is no indication where this city was. Some people will glorify Yahweh, while other ruthless people will fear him. Yahweh has been a refuge to the poor and the needy in their time of distress. Yahweh was their shelter against the ruthless winter rainstorm and a shade in the hot sunny days against the noise of the aliens or foreigners. Yahweh was able to subdue the heat with his shady clouds. He was able to still the song of the ruthless. Thus Yahweh was their protector against the rain and the heat of ruthless people.
“My mouth will speak the praise of Yahweh.
All flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.”
This psalm ends with the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet in italic. David would have his mouth speak praise to Yahweh. He wanted all flesh to bless his holy name forever.
Yahweh is faithful in all his words.
He is gracious in all his deeds.
Yahweh upholds all who are falling.
He raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you.
You give them their food in due season.
You open your hand.
You satisfy the desire of every living thing.
Yahweh is just in all his ways.
He is kind in all his doings.
Yahweh is near to all who call upon him.
He is near to all who call upon him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of all who fear him.
He also hears their cry.
He saves them.
Yahweh watches over all who love him.
But he will destroy all the wicked.”
Yahweh is faithful in his words and gracious in his deeds. He holds up all who are falling. He raises up those bowed down. He gives them food in due season. He opens his hand to fulfill desires. Yahweh is just in his ways and kind in his actions. He is near to those who truthfully call upon him. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him. He can hear their cry and save them. He watches over all those who love him. However, he will destroy the wicked. The next 8 letters of the Hebrew alphabet are found here in italic.
“All your works shall give thanks to you!
All your faithful shall bless you!
They shall speak of the glory
Of your kingdom.
They shall tell of your power.
They shall make known to all people
Your mighty deeds.
They shall make known
The glorious splendor
Of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is
An everlasting kingdom.
Your dominion endures
Throughout all generations.”
David wanted all the works of Yahweh to give thanks. He wanted all the faithful to bless him. They should speak of the glory and the power of his kingdom. They should tell everybody about his mighty deeds. They should let everyone know about the glorious splendor of his kingdom. Yahweh’s kingdom is everlasting and endures forever through all generations. The next 4 letters of the Hebrew alphabet are found here in italic.
“Yahweh is gracious.
Yahweh is merciful.
He is slow to anger.
He is abounding in steadfast love.
Yahweh is good to all.
His compassion is over all that he has made.”
In very simple terms, the love and graciousness of Yahweh is made clear. Yahweh is gracious and merciful. He is slow to anger because of his abundant steadfast love. He is good to all people because of his great compassion for all his creation. The next 2 letters of the Hebrew alphabet are found here in italic.
“One generation shall laud your works to another.
One generation shall declare your mighty acts.
I will meditate
On the glorious splendor of your majesty.
I will meditate.
On your wondrous works.
The might of your awesome deeds
Shall be proclaimed.
I will declare your greatness.
They celebrate the fame
Of your abundant goodness.
They shall sing aloud
Of your righteousness.”
Each generation will declare the mighty acts and works of Yahweh. David will meditate on the splendor of the majesty of Yahweh and his wonderful works. His awesome deeds should be proclaimed because he is great. They should celebrate the abundant goodness of Yahweh. They should sing about his righteousness. The next 4 letters of the Hebrew alphabet are found here in italic.