How to be emulated are those who fear Yahweh,
who delight exceedingly in Yahweh's commandments.
Their descendants will be mighty heroes in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches will be in their homes,
and their righteousness will endure forever.
Light shines in the darkness for the upright;
they are gracious, full of motherly mercy, and righteous.
It goes well with the person who deals graciously and extends loans,
who conducts business with justice.
For the righteous will never be shaken;
their memory lasts forever.
Righteous folk are not afraid of evil rumors;
their heart is steadfast, trusting in Yahweh.
Their hearts are tranquil, without fear;
eventually they will look in triumph on their foes.
They give lavishly to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever;
their horn is raised up in honor.
The wicked see it and are angry;
they gnash their teeth and melt away;
the desires of the wicked perish.
© 2004 Ralph W. Klein