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Book I

(Psalms 1–41)

Psalm 1

The Two Ways

Happy are those
    who do not follow the advice of the wicked
or take the path that sinners tread
    or sit in the seat of scoffers,(A)
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and on his law they meditate day and night.(B)
They are like trees
    planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
    and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.(C)

The wicked are not so
    but are like chaff that the wind drives away.(D)
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment
    nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous,(E)
for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked will perish.(F)

Psalm 2

God’s Promise to His Anointed

Why do the nations conspire
    and the peoples plot in vain?(G)
The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers take counsel together,
    against the Lord and his anointed, saying,(H)
“Let us burst their bonds apart
    and cast their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
    the Lord has them in derision.(I)
Then he will speak to them in his wrath
    and terrify them in his fury, saying,(J)
“I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.”(K)

I will tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to me, “You are my son;
    today I have begotten you.(L)
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage
    and the ends of the earth your possession.(M)
You shall break them with a rod of iron
    and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”(N)

10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
    be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear;
with trembling(O) 12     kiss his feet,[a]
or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way,
    for his wrath is quickly kindled.

Happy are all who take refuge in him.(P)

Psalm 3

Trust in God under Adversity

A Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom.

O Lord, how many are my foes!
    Many are rising against me;
many are saying to me,
    “There is no help for you[b] in God.” Selah

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me,
    my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.(Q)
I cry aloud to the Lord,
    and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah(R)

I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, for the Lord sustains me.(S)
I am not afraid of ten thousands of people
    who have set themselves against me all around.

Rise up, O Lord!
    Deliver me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
    you break the teeth of the wicked.

Deliverance belongs to the Lord;
    may your blessing be on your people! Selah(T)


  1. 2.12 Cn: Meaning of Heb of 2.11b and 12a is uncertain
  2. 3.2 Syr: Heb him