Psalm 1

The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

Book One

Blessed is the man 1
who a walks not in b the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in c the way of sinners,
nor d sits in e the seat of f scoffers;
2 but his g delight is in the law 2 of the Lord,
and on his h law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like i a tree
planted by j streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its k leaf does not wither.
l In all that he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like m chaff that the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the wicked n will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in o the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord p knows q the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

  1. Cross References
    Proverbs 4:14 - 15
    Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil.
  2. Cross References
    Job 21:16
    Behold, is not their prosperity in their hand? The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
  3. Cross References
    Proverbs 1:10
    My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 26:4
    I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites.
    Jeremiah 15:17
    I did not sit in the company of revelers, nor did I rejoice; I sat alone, because your hand was upon me, for you had filled me with indignation.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 107:32
    Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
  6. Cross References
    Proverbs 1:22
    How long, O simple ones, will you love being si...
    Proverbs 3:34
    Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the ...
    Proverbs 19:29
    Condemnation is ready for scoffers, and beating...
    Proverbs 21:24
    Scoffer" is the name of the arrogant, haughty m...
    Proverbs 29:8
    Scoffers set a city aflame, but the wise turn a...
    Isaiah 28:14
    Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffe...
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 112:1
    Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments!
    Psalms 119:35
    Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
    Psalms 119:47
    For I find my delight in your commandments, which I love.
    Psalms 119:92
    If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 119:1
    Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!
    Psalms 119:97
    Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.
    Joshua 1:8
    This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
  9. Cross References
    Jeremiah 17:8
    He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.
    Ezekiel 19:10
    Your mother was like a vine in a vineyard planted by the water, fruitful and full of branches by reason of abundant water.
    Numbers 24:6
    Like palm groves that stretch afar, like gardens beside a river, like aloes that the Lord has planted, like cedar trees beside the waters.
    Job 29:19
    My roots spread out to the waters, with the dew all night on my branches.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 46:4
    There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
  11. Cross References
    Ezekiel 47:12
    And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.
    Isaiah 34:4
    All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, like leaves falling from the fig tree.
  12. Cross References
    Genesis 39:3
    His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands.
    Genesis 39:23
    The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph's charge, because the Lord was with him. And whatever he did, the Lord made it succeed.
    Psalms 128:2
    You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.
    Isaiah 3:10
    Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.
  13. Cross References
    Job 21:18
    That they are like straw before the wind, and like chaff that the storm carries away?
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 5:5
    The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers.
    Psalms 76:7
    But you, you are to be feared! Who can stand before you when once your anger is roused?
    Nahum 1:6
    Who can stand before his indignation? Who can endure the heat of his anger? His wrath is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken into pieces by him.
    Luke 21:36
    But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.
    Ephesians 6:13
    Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
  15. Cross References
    Ezekiel 13:9
    My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and who give lying divinations. They shall not be in the council of my people, nor be enrolled in the register of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord God.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 31:7
    I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast lo...
    Psalms 37:18
    The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and t...
    Psalms 144:3
    O Lord, what is man that you regard him, or the...
    Nahum 1:7
    The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of tr...
    John 10:14
    I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my ow...
    2 Timothy 2:19
    But God's firm foundation stands, bearing this ...
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 37:5
    Commit your way to the Lord ; trust in him, and he will act.
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