NKJV - 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
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A man planted by the rivers of water is likened to a man who has regular suply of nourishment and refreshment. From the context of psalm 1:1-3..this is a man who steers clear of the life style of the ungodly. He is said to be a blessed man. The source of his blessings is the word of God. He has an insatiable hunger for the word of God. He meditates on the word day and night and applies the word to his life....what can be more nourishing and refreshing than the word of God? This kind of man shall prosper in everything he undertakes because he is living in fellowship with the Lord, and all his words and actions are guided by the Holy Spirit.
First, I can say that we see a general outline of the passage: • Psalm 1 • 2. The Person Who Is a Blessing (v. 3). • 3. The Person Who Needs a Blessing (vv. 4-6). – Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe A more specific outline would be The Godly Man Psalm 1 1 His Purity—he ‘walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly’ v.1 2 His Progress—Three Negatives and Two Positives v.1,2 3 His Piety—Delights in, and meditates on, God’s Law v.2 4 His Position—‘Planted by the rivers of water’ v.3 -- The author compares the godly individual to a tree that has a rich water supply (planted by flowing streams), develops a strong root system, and is filled with leaves and fruit. Just as a tree soaks up water and bears luscious fruit, we also are to soak up God's word, producing actions and attitudes that honor God. To achieve anything worthwhile, we must have God's word in our hearts. The simile suggests that the godly have a continual source of life which in turn produces stability and uninterrupted prosperity. 5 His Prosperity—Whatever he does prospers v.3 Contrast the Ungodly—Like the chaff: Three Negatives—not so, not able to stand in the judgment, not in the congregation of the righteous. "Rivers" or "river" in Psalm 1:3 KJV is 1 of 8 Hebrew words for "RIVER": River [EBD]--that is, according to Easton's Bible Dictionary --in Hebrew (Peleg), properly "waters divided", i.e., streams divided, throughout the land (Psalm 1:3); "the rivers [i.e., 'divisions'] of waters" (Job 20:17; 29:6; Proverbs 5:16). Try to get Warren Wiersbe Commentary on the Old Testament from your local public library for a fuller explanation of Psalm 1:3. (The Wiersbe Bible Commentary: OT, the complete old testament in one volume) more properly. I check this out all the time.) Blessings!
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