Psalm 112:

Praise ye the Lord, Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

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

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

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

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

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

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.

His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.

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

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

In a recent Elder's Quorum lesson the missionaries taught us how Elder Holland taught them to study the scriptures. The have a two-colored pencil (a tip on each side), and search the scriptures for commandments which they mark in one color (red), and the promised blessings for obeying those commandments in another color (blue).

I have marked the above passage according to this system, and we learn the following:

Commandments -
  1. fear the Lord
  2. delight in the commandments
  3. be upright
  4. gracious
  5. full of compassion
  6. righteous
  7. show favor
  8. lend
  9. let discretion guide your actions
  10. not moved - steadfast
  11. remember
  12. not afraid of evil tidings or the wicked
  13. heart is established (confident in obedience)
  14. "disperses" wealth - gives to the poor
  15. endure
Blessings -
  1. children and further progeny will be "mighty", "upright", and "blessed"
  2. wealth and riches
  3. ability to "endure forever"
  4. be a "light in the darkness"
  5. the wicked's desires will fail
In many cases the commandments and blessings overlap, as one of the blessings to obeying these types of commandments is that it gets easier and easier to endure and continue obeying.

Further evidence - giving and righteousness lead to our own personal prosperity.


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