New American Standard Bible
It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He will maintain his cause in judgment.
King James Bible
A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
Darby Bible Translation
It is well with the man that is gracious and lendeth; he will sustain his cause in judgment.
World English Bible
It is well with the man who deals graciously and lends. He will maintain his cause in judgment.
Young's Literal Translation
Good is the man -- gracious and lending, He sustaineth his matters in judgment.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
A good man showeth favor - He has the means to show favor to others, or to promote their welfare, and he is disposed to do this. It is the characteristic of a good man - of a heart that is truly pious - to do good to others; to promote their welfare here, and to assist them in their endeavor to secure happiness in the world to come.
And lendeth - The original word here - לוה lâvâh - means to join oneself to anyone; to cleave to him; then, to form the union which is constituted between debtor and creditor, borrower and lender. Here it is used in the latter sense, and it means that a good man will accommodate another - a neighbor - with money, or with articles to be used temporarily and returned again. A man who always "borrows" is not a desirable neighbor; but a man who never lends - who is never willing to accommodate - is a neighbor that no one would wish to live near - a crooked, perverse, bad man. True religion will always dispose a man to do acts of kindness in any and every way possible.
He will guide his affairs - The word used here means literally to hold, contain; to hold up, or sustain; to nourish, to furnish the means of living. Genesis 45:11; Genesis 47:12; Genesis 50:21. Here it means that he would uphold or manage his business.
With discretion - Margin, "judgment;" so the Hebrew. He would do it prudently, sensibly, economically, wisely. This is, or should be, one of the characteristics of a good man. Religion prompts to this; religion will aid a man in doing this; religion will tend to check everything of a contrary nature. A man who neglects his "affairs," who pays no attention to his business, who is indifferent whether he is successful or fails, is a man who gives "just so evidence" that he is a stranger to true religion.
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Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah
The Desire of the Righteous Granted;
The wicked borrows and does not pay back, But the righteous is gracious and gives.
All day long he is craving, While the righteous gives and does not hold back.
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