BOOK 1

The Righteous and the Wicked Contrasted.

How blessed is the man who (A)does not walk in the (B)counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the [a](C)path of sinners,
Nor (D)sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his (E)delight is (F)in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates (G)day and (H)night.
He will be like (I)a tree firmly planted by [b]streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its [c]leaf does not wither;
And [d]in whatever he does, (J)he prospers.

The wicked are not so,
But they are like (K)chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore (L)the wicked will not stand in the (M)judgment,
Nor sinners in (N)the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord [e](O)knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of (P)the wicked will perish.

The Reign of the Lord’s Anointed.

Why are (Q)the [f]nations in an uproar
And the peoples (R)devising a vain thing?
The (S)kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
(T)Against the Lord and against His [g](U)Anointed, saying,
“Let us (V)tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”

He who [h]sits in the heavens (W)laughs,
The Lord (X)scoffs at them.
Then He will speak to them in His (Y)anger
And (Z)terrify them in His fury, saying,
“But as for Me, I have [i]installed (AA)My King
Upon Zion, (AB)My holy mountain.”

“I will surely tell of the [j]decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are (AC)My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
‘Ask of Me, and (AD)I will surely give (AE)the [k]nations as Your inheritance,
And the very (AF)ends of the earth as Your possession.
‘You shall [l](AG)break them with a [m]rod of iron,
You shall (AH)shatter them like [n]earthenware.’”

10 Now therefore, O kings, (AI)show discernment;
Take warning, O [o]judges of the earth.
11 [p]Worship the Lord with [q](AJ)reverence
And rejoice with (AK)trembling.
12 [r]Do homage to (AL)the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For (AM)His wrath may [s]soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who (AN)take refuge in Him!

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 1:1 Or way
  2. Psalm 1:3 Or canals
  3. Psalm 1:3 Or foliage
  4. Psalm 1:3 Or all that he does prospers
  5. Psalm 1:6 Or approves or has regard to
  6. Psalm 2:1 Or Gentiles
  7. Psalm 2:2 Or Messiah
  8. Psalm 2:4 Or is enthroned
  9. Psalm 2:6 Or consecrated
  10. Psalm 2:7 Or decree: The Lord said to Me
  11. Psalm 2:8 Or Gentiles
  12. Psalm 2:9 Another reading is rule
  13. Psalm 2:9 Or scepter or staff
  14. Psalm 2:9 Lit potter’s ware
  15. Psalm 2:10 Or leaders
  16. Psalm 2:11 Or Serve
  17. Psalm 2:11 Or fear
  18. Psalm 2:12 Lit Kiss; some ancient versions read Do homage purely, or, Lay hold of instruction
  19. Psalm 2:12 Or quickly, suddenly, easily

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