1aPraise the LORD! Those who honor the LORD, who adore God's commandments, are truly happy!
Their descendants will be strong throughout the land. The offspring of those who do right will be blessed;
wealth and riches will be in their houses. Their righteousness stands forever.
They shine in the dark for others who do right. They are merciful, compassionate, and righteous.
Those who lend generously are good people— as are those who conduct their affairs with justice.
Yes, these sorts of people will never be shaken; the righteous will be remembered forever!
They won't be frightened at bad news. Their hearts are steady, trusting in the LORD.
Their hearts are firm; they aren't afraid. In the end, they will witness their enemies' defeat.
They give freely to those in need. Their righteousness stands forever. Their strength increases gloriously.
The wicked see all this and fume; they grind their teeth, but disappear to nothing. What the wicked want to see happen comes to nothing!