Not withering. Begin reading God's Word ad-free with instant access to your new online study library. And that blessing is contrasted with the unenviable end of the wicked – judgment. 1 (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2012), Waltner, James H., Believers Church Bible Commentary: Psalms (Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Herald Press, 2006), Baker, Warren (ed. nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. What is the alternative to “wealth gotten by vanity” in Proverbs 13 11? The Day of Judgment will separate sinners from the righteous forevermore. Learn how your comment data is processed. Required fields are marked *. God also often adds rewards as a gift to those who are faithful. We plant a seed and another waters it, but God will bring the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6)––often at a time when we will not see it. And the Lord drew us to himself. In keeping God’s laws, the faithful obtain great rewards. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. Rejecting wisdom and happy with our sin. Songs That Shape the Heart and Mind. The Hebrew word yada means know, but has different shades of meaning depending on the context. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate, click the button below. :). So, it’s not permanent. Create or log in to your Bible Gateway account. The first is walk, which seems somewhat casual or relaxed. The way of the righteous is known (blessed, providentially cared for) by the Lord. Given that the wicked are not in relationship with Yahweh, they have no eternal support and can expect to perish. While verse 1 outlines what the godly person does NOT do, this verse outlines what he or she DOES. However, Psalm 19 speaks of God’s law with great affection––and in terms that we can readily understand: • God’s law “is perfect, restoring the soul.” • It is “pure, enlightening the eyes.” 2-3 Instead you thrill to God’s Word, you chew on … Then people began to get the message, and the church prospered for the several decades remaining in his ministry. He noted that their lifestyle was a prescription for growing rich. So, a message like we have in Psalm 1 is needed for us today. Psalm 1:3. You know – following ungodly counsel, enamored with godless lifestyles, associating himself with godless individuals. All you can do with chaff is get rid of it from the threshing floor. Their lives bear no fruit for the Lord. In the passage from Matthew, Jesus portrays the condemnation of those who fail to help those who are hungry, thirsty, naked, sick, or in prison. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. It’s your choice. “Therefore the wicked shall not stand (Hebrew: qum) in the judgment” (v. 5a). Upgrade, and get the most out of your new account. Whatever he does shall prosper” (v. 3). And until that day, we’re all confronted with choices. Both translations are legitimate, but blessed seems preferable because of its religious connotations. The psalm ends with a contrast between the two "ways." Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG), The Message // REMIX 2.0, Soft Imitation Leather, Storm Black, The Message, Large Print Edition: Deluxe Charcoal Linen Hardcover, Message Slimline Bible--soft leather-look, brown/pink, NIV and The Message Side-by-Side Bible, Two Bible Versions Together for Study and Comparison, Large Print, NIV & The Message Parallel Study Bible Personal Size, Italian Duo-Tone, Dark Caramel/Black Cherry. As for the structure of this psalm, it doesn’t follow a lament or praise pattern. They are also more likely than most to live in harmony with their neighbors and to waste less time, energy, and money on frivolous things and unnecessary worries. The World English Bible is based on the American Standard Version (ASV) of the Bible, the Biblia Hebraica Stutgartensa Old Testament, and the Greek Majority Text New Testament. Ps 52:8; 92:12; 128:3; Jer 11:16; Zec 4:3, Ps 26:12; 35:18; 82:1; 89:5; 107:32; 111:1; 149:1. ), which the WEB has updated. Judgment for the wicked. I trust we can give to God a portion of the praise that’s due him as we’ve reflected on the Blessing of the Righteous. It’s three sets of two verses each contrasting the righteous and the wicked. You might not characterize your life as blessed. Psalm 1 Commentary: (See the type of psalm Psalm 1 is at our Psalm 1 Genre article. 4-5 You’re not at all like the wicked, who are mere windblown dust—Without defense in court, unfit company for innocent people. This psalm has a good deal in common with Proverbs 2:12-15, 20-22 and Jeremiah 17:5-13, both of which contrast the 6 For the Lord watches over(U) the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.(V). He also loved working on his 1957 Chevy. “The wicked are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away” (v. 4). It looks like you’re already subscribed to Bible Gateway Plus! One of them said, “You don’t really believe that Jesus turned water into wine, do you?” The man replied, “I don’t know if he turned water into wine, but I do know that in my house he turned beer into furniture.” If you happen to be one of the people whose life has been turned right side up by newfound faith, you can appreciate how the psalmist could delight in God’s law. 1 How well God must like you— you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College. Scripture: Psalm 1. The Psalm begins with the phrase, “Blessed is the man” or “Happy is the man.” We all want happiness. Are those rewards the natural product of keeping God’s laws, or does God confer a blessing on those who keep his laws. They are like chaff(Q) that the wind blows away.5 Therefore the wicked will not stand(R) in the judgment,(S) nor sinners in the assembly(T) of the righteous. 1. (3) Chaff (the husks of the seed, but not the bran), is not only useless, but it also requires extra effort to remove it.