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Psalms 1

Book 1
Psalms 1—41
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.
Psalm 1
The Two Ways
1How happy is the one who does not
walk in the advice of the wicked
or stand in the pathway with sinners
or sit in the company of mockers!#Ps 26:4–5; Pr 4:14–15
2Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction,
and he meditates on it day and night.#Jos 1:8; Ps 40:8; 119:14–16
3He is like a tree planted beside flowing streams#1:3 Or beside irrigation channels
that bears its fruit in its season,#Rv 22:2
and its leaf does not wither.#Ps 92:12–14; Jr 17:8
Whatever he does prospers.#Dt 5:33
4The wicked are not like this;
instead, they are like chaff that the wind blows away.#Jb 21:18; Ps 35:5; Hs 13:3
5Therefore the wicked will not stand up in the judgment,#Ps 5:5; 9:16; 76:7; Jr 25:31
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,#Jb 34:21; Ps 37:18; Nah 1:7; Jn 10:14; 2Tm 2:19
but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.#Pr 21:12; Jn 3:16