Psalms 1
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1  Happy is the man who has not followed the counsel of the wicked, or taken the path of sinners, or joined the company of the insolent;

ash-ray ha-EESH a-SHER LO ha-LAKH ba-a-TZAT r’-sha-EEM uv-DE-rekh KHA-ta-eem LO a-MAD uv-mo-SHAV lay-TZEEM LO ya-SHAV

א  אַשְׁרֵי־הָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר לֹא הָלַךְ בַּעֲצַת רְשָׁעִים וּבְדֶרֶךְ חַטָּאִים לֹא עָמָד וּבְמוֹשַׁב לֵצִים לֹא יָשָׁב׃

 1:1   Happy is the man who has not followed the counsel of the wicked

King David begins Sefer Tehillim, a collection of songs of praise for the Lord, by focusing on man. His first action is to walk, in Hebrew halakh (הלך), and immediately upon setting out on his journey he is forced to decide which path he should take: righteous or wicked, fruitful or barren. This ‘walking’ reminds us of God’s first words to Avraham directing him to travel to the Land of Israel, lech lecha (לך לך), ‘Go forth’ (Genesis 12:1), and more significantly, kum hithalekh ba’aretz (קום התהלך בארץ), ‘Arise, walk about the land’ (Genesis 13:17). David may have been reminding us that while praising God transcends time and place, Sefer Tehillim was written in the Land of Israel, the ancient walking grounds of our forefathers.9 comments

2  rather, the teaching of Hashem is his delight, and he studies that teaching day and night.

ב  כִּי אִם בְּתוֹרַת יְהֹוָה חֶפְצוֹ וּבְתוֹרָתוֹ יֶהְגֶּה יוֹמָם וָלָיְלָה׃

3  He is like a tree planted beside streams of water, which yields its fruit in season, whose foliage never fades, and whatever it produces thrives.

ג  וְהָיָה כְּעֵץ שָׁתוּל עַל־פַּלְגֵי מָיִם אֲשֶׁר פִּרְיוֹ יִתֵּן בְּעִתּוֹ וְעָלֵהוּ לֹא־יִבּוֹל וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר־יַעֲשֶׂה יַצְלִיחַ׃

4  Not so the wicked; rather, they are like chaff that wind blows away.

ד  לֹא־כֵן הָרְשָׁעִים כִּי אִם־כַּמֹּץ אֲ‍שֶׁר־תִּדְּפֶנּוּ רוּחַ׃

5  Therefore the wicked will not survive judgment, nor will sinners, in the assembly of the righteous.

ה  עַל־כֵּן לֹא־יָקֻמוּ רְשָׁעִים בַּמִּשְׁפָּט וְחַטָּאִים בַּעֲדַת צַדִּיקִים׃

6  For Hashem cherishes the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked is doomed.

ו  כִּי־יוֹדֵעַ יְהֹוָה דֶּרֶךְ צַדִּיקִים וְדֶרֶךְ רְשָׁעִים תֹּאבֵד׃

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  • Carmen van den Hooven

    I'm happy to read that others are learning the Torah was not abolished. Our Messiah confirmed that in Matthew 5: 17-19 I love our Jewish brothers and the land Yaweh gave them.

  • Gilbert

    O Lord, reveal yourself to us. Gather us under your Wing. Give us new hearts to love your Torah. Renew us with your Holy Spirit. Sever and Cleanse us from all connection to the evil one. Deliver your people and make your great Name known to all! Amen

    • Michael

      Who made the evil one ? My biggest question God can do anything can't he make the devil nice without overcomplicating things and give us heaven on earth as long as we love our father and give him the glory ?

      • Helen David

        The full effects of sin and rebellion must be revealed to all so that sin will never occur in Hashem's kingdom ever again. This is not Hashem's will, but it is the consequence of sin.

  • I was raised southern baptist. I was fed a diet of hatred by my father. If they aren't like us they're not worth our consideration. I was taught all the punishments of the Torah and prophets, but never the love for anything. When Yeshua found me after a 34 year pursuit He introduced me to love. I didn't understand that righteousness just meant choosing the right way. All of this is so illuminating to me. I am now a member of congregation Chayim Mayim with rabbi David teaching me the truths I should have learned before the age of 71. These scriptures amaze my heart!

  • Psalms 1:1

    I was raised a Christian from early childhood, and verse one of Psalms 1, that was read like this: "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.", was read to us, seems like daily. This very text is the reason why we couldn't go to basketball games, movies, etc., because it was a "sin." A lot of the teaching was done out of ignorance of the scriptures, however, it taught us integrity, character, and holiness, which I do not despise.

  • Very Glad I joined with Psalms today my Sunday in America. I Love GODS Word and I Love Israel.

  • A good reminder to meditate on the law of HASHEM helps to position us on the path of the righteous. The Law gives life to our spiritual life and bears fruits for eternity (fruits that last). Fruits that will not corrupt. Fruits that are pleasing to man's eyes and can nurture and bring life to others.

  • I have started praying this on Shabbat over my Husband. I thank you Abba for the Torah, you are so good!

  • It is so amazing I love the Hebrew Bible, I love Israel i love the language and i am so Blessed to read these comments that others send. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

  • I was like some of the other commenters I was taught the Torah was nailed to the cross and no longer needed. But YAHUVEH has opened my eyes and ears to the truth. I read Tehillim once a month 5 chapters a day. I read Mishlei once a month one chapter a day. Every day our journey home gets shorter and shorter and our anticipation builds more and more. The HOLY SPIRIT Ruach HA KODESH she comforts me counsels me with wisdom and insight from ABBA YAHUVEH and her son YAHUSHUA.

  • How I love Your Law O Lord! When He taught me His Word, He started me with the Old Testament teaching. You cannot know God apart from His Law, it's like saying you know someone without having ever met them. The Law of God is perfect and still very much alive and active. You cannot separate the two, His Law is for our good, His Law is Love. Learn what God requires of you O man, to seek justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.. how can we know these things apart from His Law? We cannot. God has said to seek Him with all your heart, and He will be found by you. Merciful is The Lord!! Gracious and full of Mercy and Kindness! Bless His Name, learn His requirements, you will be blessed more than you can imagine. To love The Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength, you must know Him. Blessings to you as you search, as you learn and as you hear His Voice in The Scriptures.

  • Having been raised as a Christian, I was taught that the Law no longer applied to the “church”.

    When I learned the Truth that the Torah is HIS instructions for us in how to walk uprightly before HIM, I was amazed to come back and read these verses and hear that message is so much a part of so many of the Psalms. It’s like my ears were stopped up and I couldn’t hear before.

    This verse makes me a little sad because I can’t say that I’ve never “walked in the counsel of the wicked, nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seat of the scornful”. I’ve been guilty of doing all of these things at some point or another in my life. I just have to see each new day that HE gives me as a chance to finally get it right.

    • I'm so glad too, that I'm learning that His Torah is still for us today. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lynley

      That's why Yeshua came. His death on the cross took your punishment for sin.

  • There is so much wisdom in this first chapter it can be almost overwhelming. While I did not have the privilege to be raised in such a holly environment, I am very grateful that the Lord pursued me until He opened my eyes to His truth and thru His grace restored me to fellowship with Him. My life is like you said a wonderful walk with the Lord.

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