Praise the Lord! Happy are those who respect the Lord, who want what he commands.
Their descendants will be powerful in the land; the children of honest people will be blessed.
Their houses will be full of wealth and riches, and their goodness will continue forever.
A light shines in the dark for honest people, for those who are merciful and kind and good.
It is good to be merciful and generous. Those who are fair in their business
will never be defeated. Good people will always be remembered.
They won't be afraid of bad news; their hearts are steady because they trust the Lord.
They are confident and will not be afraid; they will look down on their enemies.
They give freely to the poor. The things they do are right and will continue forever. They will be given great honor.
The wicked will see this and become angry; they will grind their teeth in anger and then disappear. The wishes of the wicked will come to nothing.