Book One (Psalms 1–41) is attributed almost entirely to David; all but four of the psalms (1–2; 10; 33) are ascribed to him. In Hebrew Psalm 10 is a continuation of Psalm 9 because it was composed as an acrostic poem. Likewise, many Hebrew manuscripts combine Psalm 33 with 32. Only later are these divided into separate psalms. Psalm 1 sets the stage for the entire collection by explaining that the study of the Word of God is the foundation of a meaningful, prosperous life.
1 God’s blessings follow you and await you at every turn: when you don’t follow the advice of those who delight in wicked schemes, When you avoid sin’s highway, when judgment and sarcasm beckon you, but you refuse. 2 For you, the Eternal’s Word is your happiness. It is your focus—from dusk to dawn. 3 You are like a tree, planted by flowing, cool streams of water that never run dry. Your fruit ripens in its time; your leaves never fade or curl in the summer sun. No matter what you do, you prosper.
4 For those who focus on sin, the story is different. They are like the fallen husk of wheat, tossed by an open wind, left deserted and alone. 5 In the end, the wicked will fall in judgment; the guilty will be separated from the innocent. 6 Their road suddenly will end in death, yet the journey of the righteous has been charted by the Eternal.
1 You are wondering: What has provoked the nations to embrace anger and chaos?[a] Why are the people making plans to pursue their own vacant and empty greatness? 2 Leaders of nations stand united; rulers put their heads together, plotting against the Eternal One and His Anointed King, trying to figure out 3 How they can throw off the gentle reign of God’s love, step out from under the restrictions of His claims to advance their own schemes.
4 At first, the Power of heaven laughs at their silliness. The Eternal mocks their ignorant selfishness. 5 But His laughter turns to rage, and He rebukes them. As God displays His righteous anger, they begin to know the meaning of fear. He says, 6 “I am the One who appointed My king who reigns from Zion, My mount of holiness. He is the one in charge.”
7 I am telling all of you the truth. I have heard the Eternal’s decree. He said clearly to me, “You are My son. Today I have become your Father. 8 The nations shall be yours for the asking, and the entire earth will belong to you. 9 They are yours to crush with an iron scepter, yours to shatter like fragile, clay pots.”
10 So leaders, kings, and judges, be wise, and be warned. 11 There is only one God, the Eternal; worship Him with respect and awe; take delight in Him and tremble. 12 Bow down before God’s son. If you don’t, you will face His anger and retribution, And you won’t stand a chance. For it doesn’t take long to kindle royal wrath,
But blessings await all who trust in Him. They will find God a gentle refuge.
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