Their horn shall be exalted


#1

Psalm 112 states:

   Lavishly they give to the poor;    
 their prosperity shall endure forever;    
  their horn shall be exalted in honor    

Please explain the meaning of their horn.

#2

Well, if it had been “HORNS”, plural, we’d know that God was a UT Longhorn :):slight_smile:

ICXC NIKA


#3

The word horn (קֶרֶן) is sometimes metaphorically to mean ‘strength’, or something similar. It’s in parallel here to ‘prosperity’, so it seems to be a vague and poetic allusion to some kind of good state of affairs. An archaic English translation might (again, poetically) translate it something along the lines of “good estate”.


#4

King.


#5

The Haydock Commentary considers horn to mean power

Horn. Power, &c. Cyrus, and the best of his successors, honoured the Jews. C. — The liberality of the just towards the indigent, is far more glorious than that which prompts the vain to give shews, &c. S. Chrys. — The praise of the latter is presently at an end. Bert.


#6

Here’s the NLT:

They share freely and give generously to those in need.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.
They will have influence and honor.


#7

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