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Psalm 1

Book One

The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

1Blessed is the man1

who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in the way of sinners,

nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

2but his delight is in the law2 of the Lord,

and on his law he meditates day and night.

3He is like a tree

planted by streams of water

that yields its fruit in its season,

and its leaf does not wither.

In all that he does, he prospers.

4The wicked are not so,

but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

6for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked will perish.

Footnotes

  • 1 1:1 The singular Hebrew word for man (ish) is used here to portray a representative example of a godly person; see Preface
  • 2 1:2 Or instruction

Psalm 2

The Reign of the Lord's Anointed

1Why do the nations rage1

and the peoples plot in vain?

2The kings of the earth set themselves,

and the rulers take counsel together,

against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,

3“Let us burst their bonds apart

and cast away their cords from us.”

4He who sits in the heavens laughs;

the Lord holds them in derision.

5Then he will speak to them in his wrath,

and terrify them in his fury, saying,

6“As for me, I have set my King

on Zion, my holy hill.”

7I will tell of the decree:

The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;

today I have begotten you.

8Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,

and the ends of the earth your possession.

9You shall break2 them with a rod of iron

and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”

10Now therefore, O kings, be wise;

be warned, O rulers of the earth.

11Serve the Lord with fear,

and rejoice with trembling.

12Kiss the Son,

lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,

for his wrath is quickly kindled.

Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Footnotes

  • 1 2:1 Or nations noisily assemble
  • 2 2:9 Revocalization yields (compare Septuagint) You shall rule