psalm 1:6 commentary
Primary Motifs. Verse six presents a key to understanding Psalm 1: “For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” In this psalm, the way of the righteous and the way of the ungodly are contrasted. 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. These short commentaries are based on Level A EasyEnglish (about 1200 word vocabulary) by Gordon Churchyard. Properly and speculatively; he searcheth and knoweth all their hearts and ways or actions; and therefore will preserve, prosper, and bless them; which may be gathered out of the following and opposite clause of this verse, and out of Psalms 1:1,2. 2 Timothy 2:19. God accurately discriminates between the two classes, though man now confounds them. Or. Psalm 1:1–6 The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly. Yes, thou dear Redeemer! Ver. Let us, in that part of it which thus beautifully speaks of the perfection of our nature, never lose sight of Christ. a. Or, as the Hebrew hath it yet more fully, "The Lord is knowing the way of the righteous." “For Yahweh knows (Hebrew: yada) the way of the righteous” (v. 6a). Their way is the way of death (Proverbs 14:12). Even in this world the prosperity of the ungodly begins to pass away as often as God manifests the tokens of his judgment; (for then, being awakened out of sleep, they are constrained to acknowledge, whether they will or no, that they have no part with the assembly of the righteous;) but because this is not accomplished always, nor with respect to all men, in the present state, we must patiently wait for the day of final revelation, in which Christ will separate the sheep from the goats. God knows the righteous by name, Exodus 33:17, knows them for his own, looks upon them and their whole course with singular delight and complacency; they are his Hephzibah, Isaiah 62:4, the dearly beloved of his soul, Jeremiah 12:7. Exodus 2:25; Exodus 19:4; Romans 8:29-30). To suppose them both equal in the final issue is a flat contradiction of the whole psalm, the first word of which is ashrey, blessed, applied to the godly man, and the last word, tobheyd, shall perish, applied to the ungodly, as in Psalms 112:1; Psalms 112:10. EasyEnglish Psalms Tweet: Tell your friends about this website! O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger, Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure. way of the wicked—All their plans will end in disappointment and ruin (Ps 37:13; 146:8; Pr 4:19). God knows the ungodly, and shall judge them accordingly (Isaiah 3:10-11). Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Therefore, he called out to God to lighten the chastisement. ", John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. The psalm is a regular part of Jewish, Catholic, Anglican, and Protestant liturgies. The wicked and their ways will perish. 1 Blessed is the man who does not walk. And as Jesus is the way, and the truth, and the life; so in Jesus the Lord approveth of all that are in Him; and not only approveth and accepteth them in Jesus, but while the way of seducers waxeth worse and worse, the way of every poor justified believer in the Lord Jesus is known and approved by him, and all such are accepted in the beloved. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. Thou art the Lord, our righteousness! And He knows their way. But the way of the wicked can be described quickly, its end is that they will perish. For; he now gives a reason of this great difference between the righteous and the ungodly, expressed in the foregoing verses. According to all outward appearance, the servants of God may derive no advantage from their uprightness; but as it is the peculiar office of God to defend them and take care of their safety, they must be happy under his protection. But the way of the ungodly shall perish] Their practices and persons shall perish together, be done away, be lost for ever. Verses 5 and 6 make clear that any strength the Psalmist will have does not reside in self, but in God. The metaphor is illustrated by Job 6:18, where an unjust course is compared to a stream that suddenly dries up and disappears. [Note: Brueggemann, pp38-39.]. And while we thus look up to him in this holiness of character, let it be our delight and our joy to tell God our Father, what a perfection of beauty, glory, and holiness, was in him, who is our divine head. And those who walk in the way of His word ‘YHWH knows’ (see Genesis 18:19), He reveals Himself to them, He meets with them, and He blesses them. READER, let you and I, while reading this precious Psalm, in the very opening of the book, look at, and study, and meditate upon it, as an introductory subject, concerning the Lord Jesus, to what we shall meet with concerning him and his work, through the whole of the sacred contents of the Psalms, as Jesus is represented in them. Ver. Here, the Psalmist is making an eschatological statement that even in the midst of powerful opposition, God will rule and prevail over that which is unjust in both the short-term as well as the long-term (v. 3-4). note on “foreknow,” Romans 8:29. nor sit in company with scoffers. All in which they are involved will be destroyed. Psalm 31:7; Proverbs 3:6). And why? ‘For YHWH knows the way of the righteous. Then it celebrates God's law 139 O Lord, You have searched me and known me. The series loosely follows Walter Brueggemann’s typology that in life we … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 1:1-6" (f) Approves and prospers, in the same way that to not know is to reprove and reject. Lord, you have been our dwelling place . God know His people, however hidden from man's observation (Psalms 83:3), and marks them out for special honour (Genesis 18:17-19). even from the streams of that river of life which cometh forth from the throne of God and the Lamb. Psalms 1:6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. "He knoweth the way that I:take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." And so, the implied idea is that the righteous won’t meet the fate of the wicked. It’ll be no more some day. I hope you’re blessed by this brief commentary. … Do not rebuke me in Your anger: We don’t know what the occasion of this song was, but because of his sin David sensed he was under the rebukeof God. Figure of speech Metonymy (of Cause). As this is a summary of the teachings of the whole book, this Psalm, whether designedly so placed or not, forms a suitable preface. It will perish. Not only will the godly way prove the only adequate one then, but it also yields a truly beneficial existence now. 2. 1 Blessed a is the man. Psalm 1:1-6 ESV. Psalm 142. Psalm 17 Psalm 19 Psalm 18:1-6 New International Version (NIV) Psalm 18 For the director of music.  (ESV) Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; A. Psalm 1:6, KJV: "For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish." Granting this, it follows that it cannot but be well with the upright and the just, while, on the other hand, the most terrible destruction must impend over the ungodly. He sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. Of David the servant of the Lord. That is its one certainty. Yet, this is the one quality which is of single importance. It’s three sets of two verses each contrasting the righteous and the wicked. Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Psalms 142 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources. The Hebrew word “perish” is a strong word, occurring about one hundred and seventy times; about sixty times translated destroy, a few times lost, but otherwise almost always as in this text. And in thy holiness, all thy people are accounted holy before God, because our God and Father hath an eye to thee as our glorious head, and beholds thy saints complete in thee. 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