1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

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From the Great Bible, 1540 edition (known as Cranmer's Bible). Set in the Book of Common Prayer, 1662, for Morning Prayer on the first day of the month.

PSALM 1. Beatus vir, qui non abiit, &c.

  1. Blessed is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners : and hath not sat in the seat of the scornful.
  2. But his delight is in the law of the Lord : and in his law will he exercise himself day and night.
  3. And he shall be like a tree planted by the water-side : that will bring forth his fruit in due season.
  4. His leaf also shall not wither : and look, whatsoever he doeth, it shall prosper.
  5. As for the ungodly, it is not so with them : but they are like the chaff, which the wind scattereth away from the face of the earth.
  6. Therefore the ungodly shall not be able to stand in the judgement : neither the sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
  7. But the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous : and the way of the ungodly shall perish.



From the Vulgate:

  1. Beatus vir qui non abiit in consilio impiorum et in via peccatorum non stetit in cathedra derisorum non sedit.
  2. Sed in lege Domini voluntas eius et in lege eius meditabitur die ac nocte.
  3. Et erit tamquam lignum transplantatum iuxta rivulos aquarum quod fructum suum.
  4. Dabit in tempore suo et folium eius non defluet et omne quod fecerit prosperabitur.
  5. Non sic impii sed tamquam pulvis quem proicit ventus.
  6. Propterea non resurgent impii in iudicio neque peccatores in congregatione iustorum.
  7. Quoniam novit Dominus viam iustorum et iter impiorum peribit.



From Breviarium Romanum, 1910:

  1. Beátus vir, qui non ábiit in consílio impiórum, et in via peccatórum non stetit, * et in cáthedra pestiléntiæ non sedit:
  2. Sed in lege Dómini volúntas ejus, * et in lege ejus meditábitur die ac nocte.
  3. Et erit tamquam lignum, quod plantátum est secus decúrsus aquárum, * quod fructum suum dabit in témpore suo:
  4. Et fólium ejus non défluet: * et ómnia quæcúmque fáciet, prosperabúntur.
  5. Non sic ímpii, non sic: * sed tamquam pulvis, quem prójicit ventus a fácie terræ.
  6. Ideo non resúrgent ímpii in judício: * neque peccatóres in concílio justórum.
  7. Quóniam novit Dóminus viam justórum: * et iter impiórum períbit.



The psalm in either case may be followed by the Gloria Patri.



Notes: This psalm appear to be a preface to the remainder of the Psalter, and is sometimes said to be part of the same continuous poem as Psalm 2. Acts 13:33 refers to 'the second psalm', but as early as Tertullian, it has been noted that some versions say 'the first psalm'.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Psalms
Book: Psalms
Chapter: 1

Overview:
The Holiness and happiness of a godly Man. (1-3) The
sinfulness and misery of a wicked Man, The ground and reason of
both. (4-6)

1-3 To meditate in God's Word, is to discourse with ourselves
concerning the great things contained in it, with close
application of mind and fixedness of thought. We must have
constant regard to the Word of God, as the rule of our actions,
and the Spring of our comforts; and have it in our thoughts
night and Day. For this purpose No time is amiss.

4-6 The ungodly are the reverse of the righteous, both in
character and condition. The ungodly are not So, ver. 4; they
are led By the counsel of the wicked, in the way of sinners, to
the seat of the scornful; they have No delight in the Law of
God; they bring forth No Fruit but what is evil. The righteous
are like useful, fruitful trees: the ungodly are like the Chaff
which the wind drives away: the Dust which the owner of the
floor desires to have driven away, as not being of any use. They
are of No worth in God's account, how highly soever they may
value themselves. They are easily driven to and fro By every
wind of Temptation. The Chaff may be, for a while, among the
Wheat, but He is coming, whose Fan is in his Hand, and who will
thoroughly purge his floor. Those that, By their own Sin and
folly, make themselves as Chaff, will be found So before the
whirlwind and Fire of Divine wrath. The doom of the ungodly is
fixed, but whenever the sinner becomes sensible of this guilt
and misery, he may be admitted into the company of the righteous
By Christ the living way, and become in Christ a new Creature.
He has new desires, new pleasures, hopes, fears, sorrows,
companions, and employments. His thoughts, words, and actions
are changed. He enters On a new state, and bears a new
character. Behold, all things are become new By Divine Grace,
which changes his soul into the image of the Redeemer. How
different the character and End of the ungodly!

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