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Book One

The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

11Blessed is the man1

  who awalks not in bthe counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in cthe way of sinners,

  nor dsits in ethe seat of fscoffers;

Prov. 1:22; 3:34; 19:29; 21:24; 29:8; [Isa. 28:14]

[Ps. 107:32]

Ps. 26:4; Jer. 15:17

Prov. 1:10

Job 21:16

Prov. 4:14

The singular Hebrew word for man (ish) is used here to portray a representative example of a godly person; see Preface

2but his gdelight is in the law2 of the Lord,

  and on his hlaw he meditates day and night.

Ps. 119:1, 97; Josh. 1:8

Ps. 112:1; 119:35, 47, 92

Or instruction

3He is like ia tree

  planted by jstreams of water

that yields its fruit in its season,

  and its kleaf does not wither.

lIn all that he does, he prospers.

Gen. 39:3, 23; [Ps. 128:2; Isa. 3:10]

Ezek. 47:12; [Isa. 34:4]

Ps. 46:4

Jer. 17:8; Ezek. 19:10; [Num. 24:6; Job 29:19]

4The wicked are not so,

  but are like mchaff that the wind drives away.

See Job 21:18

5Therefore the wicked nwill not stand in the judgment,

  nor sinners in othe congregation of the righteous;

[Ezek. 13:9]

Ps. 5:5; 76:7; Nah. 1:6; Luke 21:36; Eph. 6:13

6for the Lord pknows qthe way of the righteous,

  but the way of the wicked will perish.

Ps. 37:5

Ps. 31:7; 37:18; 144:3; Nah. 1:7; [John 10:14; 2 Tim. 2:19]