Psalm 1 is classified as a “wisdom” psalm. In many ways it functions as an introduction to the book of psalms.
|Psalm 1||The Way of the righteous contrasted with the Wicked||Notes|
|A1||1 Blessed is the man||who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
|A2||.||2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
delight & meditate
|A3||.||3 He 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.
|permanence (tree planted)
productivity (bears fruit)
permanence (leaf not wither)
productivity (all prospers)
|B3||4 The wicked are not so,||but are like chaff that the wind drives away.||driven|
|B2||.||Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
|B1||.||for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
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Teacher: Krisan Marotta
Part of the Series: Understanding Psalms
Resources: Understanding Hebrew Poetry
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