Q. I have always been puzzled by the verse that we say at the end of Bensching, “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen a righteous person forsaken or his descendants begging for bread”. How can this be squared with the facts?
The verse – from Psalm 37:25 – cannot be correct unless we read more into it than appears on the surface.
Here are some possible explanations:
• If you are righteous you do not feel the privations. You rise above them.
• Suffering does not last for ever. Eventually the righteous person is vindicated.
• God does not abandon the righteous. He sends them help.
• If the righteous are hungry they trust in God and do not lower themselves to beg.
• The verse is David’s personal observation. Other people see things differently.