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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.
True Happiness in God’s Law
1Blessed is the man who does not walk
in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the way#The way: a common biblical term for manner of living or moral conduct (Ps 32:8; 101:2, 6; Prv 2:20; 1 Kgs 8:36). of sinners,
nor sit in company with scoffers.#Ps 26:4–5; 40:5.
2Rather, the law of the Lord#The law of the Lord: either the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, or, more probably, divine teaching or instruction. is his joy;
and on his law he meditates day and night.#Jos 1:8; Ps 119; Sir 39:1.
3He is like a tree#Ps 52:10; 92:13–15; Jer 17:8.
planted near streams of water,
that yields its fruit in season;
Its leaves never wither;
whatever he does prospers.
4But not so are the wicked,#The wicked: those who by their actions distance themselves from God’s life-giving presence. not so!
They are like chaff driven by the wind.#Ps 35:5; 83:14–16; Jb 21:18.
5Therefore the wicked will not arise at the judgment,
nor will sinners in the assembly of the just.
6Because the Lord knows the way of the just,#Ps 37:18.
but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.