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Psalms 112:4

    Psalms 112:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    To the upright there rises light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: He is gracious, and merciful, and righteous.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For the upright there is a light shining in the dark; he is full of grace and pity.

    Webster's Revision

    Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: He is gracious, and merciful, and righteous.

    World English Bible

    Light dawns in the darkness for the upright, gracious, merciful, and righteous.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 112:4

    There ariseth light in the darkness - The upright are always happy; and when tribulations come, God lifts up the light of his countenance upon him, and causes all occurences to work together for his good.

    He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous - He enjoys the favor of God; that grace makes him compassionate; and in the general tenor of his conduct he is righteous. From these principles he shows favor (Psalm 112:5) to him that needs it; that is, to the real poor he gives of his substance; and others he obliges by lending, they not being utterly in want, but standing in need only of a little present help. But he takes heed to whom he gives and to whom he lends; that in the first case his bounty may be well applied, and in the second he may not oblige the person who only seeks, under the notion of a loan, to appropriate the money borrowed. To prevent evils of this kind he acts prudently, and guides his affairs with discretion, Psalm 112:5.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 112:4

    Unto the upright - The just; the pious; the man who fears God.

    There ariseth light in the darkness - This is a new form of the blessing which follows the fear of the Lord, or another of the benefits which spring from true religion, and by which the pious man is distinguished from other people. The distinction is not that days of darkness will not come upon him as well as upon others, for he may be sick as others are, he may be bereaved as others are, he may lose his property as others do - since there are general laws that affect mankind in these respects. God has not promised that he will interpose to save his people from these things, but that he will save them in them. The peculiarity in regard to those who fear God is, that these things will not always continue; that they shall not be overwhelmed by them; that it will not be uninterrupted and unmitigated gloom; that the sky shall not be always overcast. Compare Psalm 97:11, note; Job 11:17, note.

    He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous - These words are designed to be applied to the "upright" man, and are intended more fully to designate his character, and to show "why" light shall spring up to him when he is in darkness. It is because his character is "really" pure and holy, so that whatever cloud may come over it for a time, however it may be temporarily obscured, however he may be calumniated by men, or however God may for a time seem to forsake him and to treat him as if he were a bad man, yet ultimately his character will appear as it really is. Light will come in upon the darkness. The clouds will break away. The prejudices against him will be dispersed. Full justice will be done to his character both by man and by God, and the world will see that he is a just and pious man. See the notes at Psalm 37:5-6. Every man will ultimately be seen as he is; every man will attain the position, and have the reputation which he "ought" to have.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 112:4

    112:4 Darkness - In the troubles and calamities of life. He - The upright man.