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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 One
Psalms 1—41
True Happiness
1Happy are those
who reject the advice of evil people,
who do not follow the example of sinners
or join those who have no use for God.
2Instead, they find joy in obeying the Law of the LORD,
and they study it day and night.
3 # Jer 17.8 They are like trees that grow beside a stream,
that bear fruit at the right time,
and whose leaves do not dry up.
They succeed in everything they do.
4But evil people are not like this at all;
they are like straw that the wind blows away.
5Sinners will be condemned by God
and kept apart from God's own people.
6The righteous are guided and protected by the LORD,
but the evil are on the way to their doom.