BOOK I

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)

20 Look up and see
    those who are coming from the north.(A)
Where is the flock(B) that was entrusted to you,
    the sheep of which you boasted?
21 What will you say when the Lord sets over you
    those you cultivated as your special allies?(C)
Will not pain grip you
    like that of a woman in labor?(D)
22 And if you ask yourself,
    “Why has this happened to me?”(E)
it is because of your many sins(F)
    that your skirts have been torn off(G)
    and your body mistreated.(H)
23 Can an Ethiopian[a] change his skin
    or a leopard its spots?
Neither can you do good
    who are accustomed to doing evil.(I)

24 “I will scatter you like chaff(J)
    driven by the desert wind.(K)
25 This is your lot,
    the portion(L) I have decreed for you,”
declares the Lord,
“because you have forgotten(M) me
    and trusted in false gods.(N)
26 I will pull up your skirts over your face
    that your shame may be seen(O)
27 your adulteries and lustful neighings,
    your shameless prostitution!(P)
I have seen your detestable acts
    on the hills and in the fields.(Q)
Woe to you, Jerusalem!
    How long will you be unclean?”(R)

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 13:23 Hebrew Cushite (probably a person from the upper Nile region)

17 Since you call on a Father(A) who judges each person’s work(B) impartially,(C) live out your time as foreigners(D) here in reverent fear.(E) 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed(F) from the empty way of life(G) handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood(H) of Christ, a lamb(I) without blemish or defect.(J) 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world,(K) but was revealed in these last times(L) for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God,(M) who raised him from the dead(N) and glorified him,(O) and so your faith and hope(P) are in God.

22 Now that you have purified(Q) yourselves by obeying(R) the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply,(S) from the heart.[a] 23 For you have been born again,(T) not of perishable seed, but of imperishable,(U) through the living and enduring word of God.(V) 24 For,

“All people are like grass,
    and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25     but the word of the Lord endures forever.”[b](W)

And this is the word that was preached to you.

Therefore, rid yourselves(X) of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander(Y) of every kind.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 1:22 Some early manuscripts from a pure heart
  2. 1 Peter 1:25 Isaiah 40:6-8 (see Septuagint)