Psalm 1

The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked


1 Blessed a is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the 1 ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
b Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But c his delight is in the law of the LORD,
d And in His law he 2 meditates day and night.

3 He shall be like a tree
e Planted by the 3 rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall f prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so,
But are g like the chaff which the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For h the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

  1. Cross References
    Proverbs 4:14
    Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 26:4
    I have not sat with idolatrous mortals, Nor will I go in with hypocrites.
    Psalms 26:5
    I have hated the assembly of evildoers, And will not sit with the wicked.
    Jeremiah 15:17
    I did not sit in the assembly of the mockers, Nor did I rejoice; I sat alone because of Your hand, For You have filled me with indignation.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 119:14
    I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, As much as in all riches.
    Psalms 119:16
    I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.
    Psalms 119:35
    Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it.
  4. Cross References
    Joshua 1:8
    This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe 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.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 92:12 - 14
    The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
    Jeremiah 17:8
    For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
    Ezekiel 19:10
    Your mother was like a vine in your bloodline, Planted by the waters, Fruitful and full of branches Because of many waters.
  6. Cross References
    Genesis 39:2
    The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
    Genesis 39:3
    And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand.
    Genesis 39:23
    The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph's authority, because the LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made it prosper.
    Psalms 128:2
    When you eat the labor of your hands, You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
  7. Cross References
    Job 21:18
    They are like straw before the wind, And like chaff that a storm carries away.
    Psalms 35:5
    Let them be like chaff before the wind, And let the angel of the LORD chase them.
    Isaiah 17:13
    The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters; But God will rebuke them and they will flee far away, And be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind, Like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 37:18
    The LORD knows the days of the upright, And their inheritance shall be forever.
    Nahum 1:7
    The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.
    John 10:14
    I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.
    2 Timothy 2:19
    Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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