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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.
BOOK ONE: Psalms 1—41
The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly
1Blessed #Prov. 4:14is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
#Ps. 26:4, 5; Jer. 15:17Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2But #Ps. 119:14, 16, 35his delight is in the law of the Lord,
#(Josh. 1:8)And in His law he meditates day and night.
3He shall be like a tree
#(Ps. 92:12–14); Jer. 17:8; Ezek. 19:10Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall #Gen. 39:2, 3, 23; Ps. 128:2prosper.
4The ungodly are not so,
But are #Job 21:18; Ps. 35:5; Is. 17:13like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6For #Ps. 37:18; (Nah. 1:7; John 10:14; 2 Tim. 2:19)the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.