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Commentary on Psalms

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Ps 1 :

A preface to the whole Book of Psalms, contrasting with striking similes the destiny of the good and the wicked. The psalm views life as activity, as choosing either the good or the bad. Each “way” brings its inevitable consequences. The wise through their good actions will experience rootedness and life, and the wicked, rootlessness and death.

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Those: literally, “the man.” That word is used here and in many of the Psalms as typical, and therefore is translated “they.”The way: a common biblical term for manner of living or moral conduct (Pss 32, 8; 101, 2. 101, 6; Prv 2, 20; 1 Kgs 8, 36 ).

1, 2 :

The law of the Lord: either the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, or, more probably, divine teaching or instruction.

1, 4 :

The wicked: those who by their actions distance themselves from God's life‐giving presence.

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