Psalms 1–41

Psalm 1

Blessed is the one(A)
    who does not walk(B) in step with the wicked(C)
or stand in the way(D) that sinners take(E)
    or sit(F) in the company of mockers,(G)
but whose delight(H) is in the law of the Lord,(I)
    and who meditates(J) on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree(K) planted by streams(L) of water,(M)
    which yields its fruit(N) in season
and whose leaf(O) does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.(P)

Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff(Q)
    that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand(R) in the judgment,(S)
    nor sinners in the assembly(T) of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over(U) the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.(V)

25 I lay prostrate before the Lord those forty days and forty nights(A) because the Lord had said he would destroy you.(B) 26 I prayed to the Lord and said, “Sovereign Lord, do not destroy your people,(C) your own inheritance(D) that you redeemed(E) by your great power and brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand.(F) 27 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Overlook the stubbornness(G) of this people, their wickedness and their sin. 28 Otherwise, the country(H) from which you brought us will say, ‘Because the Lord was not able to take them into the land he had promised them, and because he hated them,(I) he brought them out to put them to death in the wilderness.’(J) 29 But they are your people,(K) your inheritance(L) that you brought out by your great power and your outstretched arm.(M)

Tablets Like the First Ones

10 At that time the Lord said to me, “Chisel out two stone tablets(N) like the first ones and come up to me on the mountain. Also make a wooden ark.[a] I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. Then you are to put them in the ark.”(O)

So I made the ark out of acacia wood(P) and chiseled(Q) out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I went up on the mountain with the two tablets in my hands. The Lord wrote on these tablets what he had written before, the Ten Commandments(R) he had proclaimed(S) to you on the mountain, out of the fire, on the day of the assembly.(T) And the Lord gave them to me. Then I came back down the mountain(U) and put the tablets in the ark(V) I had made,(W) as the Lord commanded me, and they are there now.(X)


  1. Deuteronomy 10:1 That is, a chest

In everything set them an example(A) by doing what is good.(B) In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.(C)

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11 For the grace(A) of God has appeared(B) that offers salvation to all people.(C) 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions,(D) and to live self-controlled,(E) upright and godly lives(F) in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing(G) of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,(H) 14 who gave himself for us(I) to redeem us from all wickedness(J) and to purify(K) for himself a people that are his very own,(L) eager to do what is good.(M)

15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.

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