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Book of Psalms
King James Version
1 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.
1 The Book of Psalms opens with a benediction, even as did the famous Sermon of our Lord upon the Mount.3 The Hebrew word 'ashre is sometimes translated in the Psalms as blessed and other times happy. Happiness comprehends material and spiritual blessings, both which come as a result of following God's way.The word blessed used in the beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount is a translation of the same word. The godly man's life is first described in negatives. He avoids associating with evildoers, such as those who lack moral fibre and wilfully and persistently violate God's commands. He will not be found in the company of those who deliberately choose evil and find pleasure in exercising their baleful influence on others.2
2 The life of the godly is now described by positives. The godly man finds constant pleasure in reflecting on God's law. His study of God's law is habitual and regular; it is not tedious. There is no better way to fill the hours of a sleepless night than by meditating on God's word.2
3 In the figure of fruit bearing tree (not merely an ornamental tree) the psalmist shows the results of the godly life. The godly is blessed in three ways. First he lives a useful life, producing the fruits of the spirit. Secondly he is perennially fresh and vigorous. And thirdly he ultimately succeeds in his endeavours. As the tree is rooted in the solid earth and draws its moisture from the ever-flowing stream, so the godly man sends his roots and derives sustenance from the water springs of salvation. He is steadfast, fixed and anchored. Thus, though he may be assailed by trouble and temptation, he stands firm; and the greater the trial, the deeper the root, and the stronger his hold on God. In whatever enterprise the good man engages, he prospers. Regardless of the success or failure of the undertaking, his trust in God empowers him to draw life from the eternal Source and ultimately to reach his goal.2
5 In the day of judgment the wicked will be separated from the righteous at the end of their respective ways.2
6 God concerns Himself with the righteous. Therefore, they prosper. The last verse of the psalm gives the final reason for the different endings of the two ways. Since God knows, He discriminates, and He approves or condemns according to the eternal standards.2
1. King James Authorized Version
2. SDA Bible Commentary Vol. 3 pgs. 630-632
3. Charles H. Spurgeon, "The Treasury of David" - http://bible. crosswalk.com/ Commentaries
4. Greg Herrick , Ph.D. Biblical Studies Foundation - www.bible.org /docs/ splife/ sm-niv/sm03 .htm