Psalm 112 Bible Commentary

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

(Read all of Psalm 112)

Verse 2

[2] His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

Generation — The posterity.

Verse 3

[3] Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

Righteousness — The fruit or reward of his righteousness, which is God's blessing upon his estate.

Verse 4

[4] Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

Darkness — In the troubles and calamities of life.

He — The upright man.

Verse 5

[5] A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Lendeth — Gives freely to some, and lends to others according to the variety of their conditions.

Affairs — His domestick affairs.

Discretion — Not getting his estate unjustly, nor casting it away prodigally, nor yet withholding it from such as need it.

Verse 6

[6] Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.

Moved — Though he may for a season be afflicted, yet he shall not be eternally destroyed.

Verse 7

[7] He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

Evil tidings — At the report of approaching calamities.

Verse 9

[9] He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.

Dispersed — His goods, freely and liberally.

Righteousness — His liberality, or the reward of it.

Ever — What he gives is not lost, but indeed is the only part of his estate, which will abide with him to all eternity.

Verse 10

[10] The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

The desire — Either of the misery of good men; or of his own constant prosperity.