1:1 How blessed2 is the one3 who does not follow4 the advice5 of the wicked,6
or stand in the pathway7 with sinners,
or sit in the assembly8 of scoffers!9
1:2 Instead10 he finds pleasure in obeying the Lord’s commands;11
he meditates on12 his commands13 day and night.
1:3 He is like14 a tree planted by flowing streams;15
it16 yields17 its fruit at the proper time,18
and its leaves never fall off.19
He succeeds in everything he attempts.20
1:4 Not so with the wicked!
Instead21 they are like wind-driven chaff.22
1:5 For this reason23 the wicked cannot withstand24 judgment,25
nor can sinners join the assembly of the godly.26
1:6 Certainly27 the Lord guards the way of the godly,28
but the way of the wicked ends in destruction.29