Psalms 1
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1  Happy is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the wicked, nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seat of the scornful.

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 that hath not walked in the counsel of the wicked

King David begins the Book of Psalms, a collection of songs of praise for the Lord, by focusing on man. His first action is to walk, in Hebrew ‘halakh,’ and immediately upon setting out on his journey he is forced to make a decision of which path he should walk: righteous or wicked, fruitful or barren. This ‘walking’ reminds us of God’s first words to Abraham ‘lech lecha,’ “Go forth” (Genesis 12:1), and more significantly, ‘kum hithalekh ba’aretz’, “arise, walk through the land” (Genesis 13:17). David may have been reminding us that while praising God transcends time and place, the book of Psalms was written in the Land of Israel, the ancient walking grounds of our forefathers.


2  But his delight is in the law of Hashem; and in His law doth he meditate day and night.

ב  כִּי אִם בְּתוֹרַת יְהוָה חֶפְצוֹ וּבְתוֹרָתוֹ יֶהְגֶּה יוֹמָם וָלָיְלָה.

3  And he shall be like a tree planted by streams of water, that bringeth forth its fruit in its season, and whose leaf doth not wither; and in whatsoever he doeth he shall prosper.

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

4  Not so the wicked; but they are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

ד  לֹא כֵן הָרְשָׁעִים כִּי אִם כַּמֹּץ אֲשֶׁר תִּדְּפֶנּוּ רוּחַ.

5  Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

ה  עַל כֵּן לֹא יָקֻמוּ רְשָׁעִים בַּמִּשְׁפָּט וְחַטָּאִים בַּעֲדַת צַדִּיקִים.

6  For Hashem regardeth the way of the righteous; but the way of the wicked shall perish.

ו  כִּי יוֹדֵעַ יְהוָה דֶּרֶךְ צַדִּיקִים וְדֶרֶךְ רְשָׁעִים תֹּאבֵד.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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    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.

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