The Blessings of the Just
Blessed the man who fears the Lord,
who greatly delights in his commands.#Ps 1:1–2; 119:1–2; 128:1.
2His descendants shall be mighty in the land,
a generation of the upright will be blessed.
3Wealth and riches shall be in his house;
his righteousness#Righteousness: in the Second Temple period the word acquired the nuance of liberality and almsgiving, cf. Sir 3:30; 7:10; Mt 6:1–4. shall endure forever.
4Light shines through the darkness for the upright;#Ps 37:6; 97:11; Prv 13:9; Is 58:10.
gracious, compassionate, and righteous.
5It is good for the man gracious in lending,
who conducts his affairs with justice.
6For he shall never be shaken;
the righteous shall be remembered forever.#Prv 10:7; Wis 8:13.
7He shall not fear an ill report;
his heart is steadfast, trusting the Lord.
8His heart is tranquil, without fear,
till at last he looks down on his foes.
9Lavishly he gives to the poor;
his righteousness shall endure forever;#Prv 22:9; 2 Cor 9:9.
his horn#His horn: the symbol for vitality and honor. shall be exalted in honor.
10The wicked sees and is angry;
gnashes his teeth and wastes away;
the desire of the wicked come to nothing.