Psalm 1

(1) How to be emulated is the person

who has not walked in the advice of the wicked,

nor stood in the way of sinners,

nor sat in the session of the arrogant scoffers.

(2) But in the instruction or revelation of Yahweh is her delight

In this Torah she meditates day and night (or: From this Torah she reads aloud day and night) 

(3) This enviable person is like a tree transplanted by irrigation canals,

bulletwhich produces its fruit at its expected time;
bulletits leaves do not wither,
bulletand all-it-puts-forth prospers. (3)

(4) Not like this are the wicked

bulletBut they are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

(5) Thus the wicked do not participate in the place of judgment

nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous

(6) For Yahweh knows/cares for/embraces the way of the righteous

while the way of the wicked perishes.


Ralph W. Klein

December 7, 2000

Feel free to use the translation of this Psalm in Christian worship.

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