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Psalms 1

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Book 1
Psalms 1—41
PSALM 1
Common Meter: 8,6,8,6
1That man hath perfect blessedness,
who walketh not astray
In counsel of ungodly men,
nor stands in sinners' way,
Nor sitteth in the scorner's chair:
2But placeth his delight
Upon God's law, and meditates
on his law day and night.
3He shall be like a tree that grows
near planted by a river,
Which in his season yields his fruit,
and his leaf fadeth never:
And all he doth shall prosper well
4The wicked are not so;
But like they are unto the chaff,
which wind drives to and fro.
5In judgment therefore shall not stand
such as ungodly are;
Nor in th' assembly of the just
shall wicked men appear.
6For why? the way of godly men
unto the Lord is known:
Whereas the way of wicked men
shall quite be overthrown.
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Book I: Psalms 1–41
1How blessed are those
who reject the advice of the wicked,
don’t stand on the way of sinners
or sit where scoffers sit!
2Their delight
is in Adonai’s Torah;
on his Torah they meditate
day and night.
3They are like trees planted by streams —
they bear their fruit in season,
their leaves never wither,
everything they do succeeds.
4Not so the wicked,
who are like chaff driven by the wind.
5For this reason the wicked
won’t stand up to the judgment,
nor will sinners
at the gathering of the righteous.
6For Adonai watches over
the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked
is doomed.