Psalm 37:26 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 37:26, NIV: They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing.

Psalm 37:26, ESV: He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing.

Psalm 37:26, KJV: He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

Psalm 37:26, NASB: All day long he is gracious and lends, And his descendants are a blessing.

Psalm 37:26, NLT: The godly always give generous loans to others, and their children are a blessing.

Psalm 37:26, CSB: He is always generous, always lending, and his children are a blessing.

What does Psalm 37:26 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Once again (Psalm 37:21) David observes that generosity is a sign of a righteous person. The righteous person, generally speaking, experiences the multiplication of his resources when he gives generously. Luke 6:38 promises, "Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you."

The Philippian believers supported the apostle Paul generously, and Paul gratefully acknowledged their gifts and wrote that God would supply all their needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). Giving to the Lord's work is every believer's responsibility. Every believer should give as God has prospered him or her (1 Corinthians 16:2), and every believer should remember that "God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9:7).

David also observes that a generous person's children become a blessing. They learn by the parent's example to give to the needy.