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)

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who lends money to the poor without interest;(A)
    who does not accept a bribe(B) against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken.(C)

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I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand,(A) I will not be shaken.(B)

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When I felt secure, I said,
    “I will never be shaken.”(A)

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Truly he is my rock(A) and my salvation;(B)
    he is my fortress,(C) I will never be shaken.(D)

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18 Were I to count them,(A)
    they would outnumber the grains of sand(B)
    when I awake,(C) I am still with you.

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Wisdom Bestows Well-Being

My son,(A) do not forget my teaching,(B)
    but keep my commands in your heart,
for they will prolong your life many years(C)
    and bring you peace and prosperity.(D)

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