The intonation of the accent is said in these instances to begin, by anticipation, with the fugitive ĕ.). Many of David's psalms are full of complaints, but this is full of comforts, and the expressions of delight in God's great goodness and dependence upon him. He is not under the law as a curse and condemnation, but he is in it, and he delights to be in it as his rule of life; he delights, moreover, to meditate in it, to read it by day, and think upon it by night. Psalm 142. (Psalm 46:1) For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. We can defy God and perish, or we can surrender to Him and be blessed. Day after day they pour forth … Meditation is the touchstone of a Christian; it shows what metal he is made of. ii. The complaint he makes to God of the subtlety, strength, and malice, of his enemies (v. 3, 6), and the coldness and indifference of his friends So Joshua 1:8 : "Thou shalt meditate therein (the law) day and night." Verse 2. His delight is in the law of the Lord. Another prominent theme in Psalm 119 is the profound truth that the Word of God is all-sufficient. The godly man will read the Word by day, that men, seeing his good works, may glorify his Father who is in heaven; he will do it in the night, that he may not be seen of men: by day, to show that he is not one of those who dread the light; by night, to show that he is one who can shine in the shade: by day, for that is the time for working -- work whilst it is day; by night, lest his Master should come as a thief, and find him idle. It assists the memory to lock up the jewels of divine truth in her sure treasury. 1. chfd f. i. with the primary notion of firmly adhering, vid., on Job 40:17) in תורת ה, the teaching of Jahve, which is become Israel's νόμος, rule of life; in this he meditates profoundly by day and night (two acc. The positive side of a good man’s character is now described according to the standard which prevailed when the written law first came truly into force. (Note: Nevertheless we have not to compare רעשׁ, רגשׁ, for רשׁע, but the Arabic in the two roots Arab. Silver and gold are symbolic of everything of value. Micah 6:16; Jeremiah 7:24. The sinfulness and misery of a wicked man (v. 4, v. 5). John Trapp Complete Commentary. Psychol. I. Martin Luther. Tucker explains the structure of Psalm 121 as a division of four strophes (vv. He finds true joy in … But, alas, what ill treatment is given to this angel from heaven! In distinction from נטוּע, according to Jalkut 614, שׁתוּל means firmly planted, so that no winds that may rage around it are able to remove it from its place (אין מזיזין אתו ממקומו). Verse 2. tsdq, צדק to be hard, firm, tight; as Arab. Like other psalms of this type (see Psalm 30; 32; 34), Psalm 116 begins by saying that God has rescued the psalmist from trouble (verses 1-2). Meditate. It has a digesting power, and turns special truth into spiritual nourishment; and lastly, it helps the renewed heart to grow upward and increase its power to know the things which are freely given to us of God. He that hopes for the inheritance, will make much of the conveyance. The accentuation treats this member of the verse as the third member of the relative clause; one may, however, say of a thriving plant צלח, but not הצליח. 155, 2, 9): but (if) his delight is, equals (substantival instead of the verbal clause:) he delights (חפץ cf. with the old accusative terminations am and ah). He takes a text and carries it with him all day long; and in the night watches, when sleep forsakes his eyelids, he muses upon the Word of God. (2) The way of the godly is set forth by way of a contrast: negatively, what the godly do not do (1:1), and positively, what the godly do (1:2). Proverbs 15:28 : "the heart of the righteous meditateth what to answer." -- The good man doth meditate on the law of God day and night. In פּלגי מים, both מים and the plur. It is probable that the psalmist had the injunction in his mind which is contained in Joshua 1:8. and in his law doth he meditate day and night; as Joshua was directed to do, and David did, Joshua 1:8. Verse 2. Arab. Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 One of the more important and central of all psalms, Psalm 91 holds a revered place in the ancient liturgies and commentaries of the Church. (Note: By the Sheb stands Metheg (Gaja), as it does wherever a word, with Sheb in the first syllable, has Olewejored, Rebia magnum, or Dech without a conjunctive preceding, in case at least one vowel and no Metheg-except perhaps that standing before Sheb compos. Proverbs 23:7 . In the law of Jehovah is his delight.—Or, to the law of Jehovah is his inclination. (last clause). fal'g, from פלג to divide, Job 38:25) means the brook meandering and cleaving its course for itself through the soil and stones; the plur. The naturalists observe that to uphold and accommodate bodily life, there are diverse sorts of faculties communicated, and these among the rest: Meditation is all these. What a richly flowing brook is to the tree that is planted on its bank, such is the word of God to him who devotes himself to it: it makes him, according to his position and calling, ever fruitful in good and well-timed deeds and keeps him fresh in his inner and outward life, and whatsoever such an one undertakes, he brings to a successful issue, for the might of the word and of the blessing of God is in his actions. They might as well say, heaven is a blessed place, but it is a hard way to it; do not trouble yourselves, we will go thither for you. Psalm 19 - For the director of music. If you want to know what true repentance is, check out this commentary and Bible study on Psalm 51. Thus רשׁע means the loose man and indeed as a moral-religyous notion loose from God, godless comp. in Psalm 1:1 describe what he all along has never done, the fut. Condensed from Nathanael Ranew, 1670. Psalm 1 2 Commentary: Delight. In the slightly different numbering system of the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and in its Latin translation, the Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 80 On הלך בּ, in an ethical sense, cf. (Psalm 61:3) The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. No entry exists in Forerunner Commentary for Psalms 1:2. But I cannot worthily and fully set forth the gracious meaning and force of this word; for this "meditating" consists first in an intent observing of the words of the law, and then in a comparing of the different Scriptures; which is a certain delightful hunting, nay, rather a playing with stags in a forest, where the Lord furnishes us with the stags, and opens to us their secret coverts. The pontificians beat off the common people from this common treasury, by objecting this … In His law doth he meditate. Joshua 1:8, which might have suggested this). hjj, depressum esse), dull sound, as if vibrating between within and without, here signifies the quiet soliloquy (cf. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. The holiness and happiness of a godly man . It is a good thing to give thanks, &c. — It is a good work, and a just debt, which is due from us to God; to show forth thy loving- kindness, &c. — To adore and celebrate thy goodness and truth continually, and especially at those two solemn times of morning and evening, which, on every day, and particularly upon the sabbath day, were devoted to the worship and service of God. Psalm 24:1-2. Sir Richard Baker. Proud member Verse 2. This is often referred to as characteristic of true piety. Psalm 1 presents two (and only two) ways to live: the way of the world or the way of the Word. Verse 2. 1–2; 3–4; 5–6; 7–8): Before exploring the meaning of this passage in detail, here is the whole passage for your consideration from the NIV: Arab. Then the psalm describes the distressing circumstance now past (verse 3), recalls a prayer for help (verse 4) along with the Lord’s saving response (verses 5-11), and then vows to give witness to God’s salvation before the congregation (verses 12-19). Words in brackets, ( ), are not in the *Hebrew Bible. 495). This is to be understood of a diligent reading and serious consideration of it; and of the employment of the thoughts, and of deep study upon it, in order to find out the sense and meaning of it; and which is to be done constantly, every day, as often as there is leisure and opportunity for it; or, as Kimchi on the place observes, whenever a man is free from the business of life; unless this should be taken figuratively, of the day of prosperity and night of adversity, whether in things temporal or spiritual, which are each of them proper seasons to meditate in, upon the word of God and Gospel of Christ. Psalm 63:5-6 : "my soul shall be upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night-watches." The description now continues with כּי אם (imo si, Ges. Verse 2. The three appellations form a climax: impii corde, peccatores opere, illusores ore, in accordance with which עצה (from יעץ figere, statuere), resolution, bias of the will, and thus way of thinking, is used in reference to the first, as in Job 21:16; Job 22:18; in reference to the second, דּרך mode of conduct, action, life; in reference to the third, מושׁב which like the Arabic mglis signifies both seat (Job 29:7) and assembling (Psalm 107:32), be it official or social (cf. Salem Media Group. Gordon Churchyard. It was analyzed by everyone from Irenaeus to Augustine in the early church, attributed to both Moses and David, and is practically ubiquitous in lectionaries, old and new. Oh, the Scriptures are hard to be understood, do not you trouble your heads about them; we will tell you the meaning of them. In the law of the Lord - The law of Yahweh - the small capitals in the translation indicating here as elsewhere that the original word is Yahweh. The pontificians beat off the common people from this common treasury, by objecting this supposed difficulty. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. The law of the Lord is the daily bread of the true believer. We long to be in the company of those we love. It is a spiritual index; the index shows what is in the book, so meditation shows what is in the heart. The psalm is a regular part of Jewish, Catholic, Anglican, and Protestant liturgies. Psalm 23. So you may look lightly upon a Scripture and see nothing; meditate often upon it, and there you shall see a light, like the light of the sun. 76. This would include such things as these: he does not follow the advice of sinners, 2 Samuel 16:20 ; 1 Kings 1:12 ; he does not execute the purposes or plans of sinners, Isaiah 19:3 ; he does not frame his life according to their views and suggestions. The psalm itself does not identify its author, but Acts 4:25-26 clearly attributes it to David. Thomas Adams. Bibl. Here, we see God is shown in three capacities: as the Creator-God in verses 1-2; as the holy God in verses 3-6; as the glorious King in verses 7-10. -- The good man doth meditate on the law of God day and night. In the New King James Version its sub-title is "An Appeal for Israel's Repentance". Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. First he made the seas. 2. Verses 1 – 2: This means that God owns everything. Psalm 77:12 : "I meditate on all thy work." The persecution and affliction of the man (and woman) of God is a major theme of Psalm 119. In his Law doth he meditate day and night; Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. Note how this Psalm drives home its truth by the use of contrasts. In the day of his prosperity he sings psalms out of the Word of God, and in the night of his affliction he comforts himself with promises out of the same book. The ground and reason of both . Commentary on Psalm 2:1-6 (Read Psalm 2:1-6) We are here told who would appear as adversaries to Christ. transl.].). How few among us can lay claim to the benediction of the text! rs' and rsg shows for רשׁע the primary notion to be slack, loose, in opposition to Arab. The same two primary notions are also opposed to one another in speaking of the intellect: Arab. Psalms 1:1 : Psalms 1:3 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. We too transfer the idea of being lax and loose to the province of ethics: the difference is only one of degree. How he shows his delight, thinks of it, reads much, speaks of it, obeys it, does not delight in evil. thin, loose, without stay, like a bad piece of weaving, vid., Fleischer's translation of Samachschari's Golden Necklace pp. Psalm 126. This last is the most natural: everything he takes in hand he brings to a successful issue (an expression like 2 Chronicles 7:11; 2 Chronicles 31:21; Daniel 8:24). Arab. Psalm 85 is a perfect psalm for this second Sunday of Advent. It helps judgment, wisdom, and faith to ponder, discern, and credit the things which reading and hearing supply and furnish. But his will is in the law of the Lord. An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 126. www.easyenglish.bible. says the prophet, "I see a cloud rising, like a man's hand;" and by and by, the whole surface of the heavens was covered with clouds. This psalm is a prayer, the substance of which David offered up to God when he was forced by Saul to take shelter in a cave, and which he afterwards penned in this form. serve to give intensity to the figure; פּלג (Arab. -- This delight which the prophet here speaks of is the only delight that neither blushes nor looks pale; the only delight that gives a repast without an after reckoning; the only delight that stands in construction with all tenses; and like Aeneas Anchyses, carries his parents upon his back. On the same principle, however, the declaration here made would apply to any part of a divine revelation; and hence, the sentiment is, that a truly pious man finds his highest delight in the revealed truths of God. This Hiph. Therefore: Blessed is he who does not walk in the state of mind which the ungodly cherish, much less that he should associate with the vicious life of sinners, or even delight in the company of those who scoff at religion. יהגּה, what he is always striving to do; הגה of a deep (cf. Instead of the Scriptures they can present images; these are the layman's books; as if they were to be tried by a jury of carvers and painters, and not by the twelve apostles. Verse 2. Then he made the dry land. How much more, then, should we prize the whole written Word which it is our privilege to have in all our houses! The green foliage is an emblem of faith, which converts the water of life of the divine word into sap and strength, and the fruit, an emblem of works, which gradually ripen and scatter their blessings around; a tree that has lost its leaves, does not bring its fruit to maturity. This psalm shows us, I. It is only with וכל, where the language becomes unemblematic, that the man who loves the Law of God again becomes the direct subject. Other people delight in the activities in Psalm 1:1 – godless advice, lifestyle, and associations. tslh, to divide, press forward, press through, vid., Psalm 45:5) signifies both causative: to cause anything to go through, or prosper (Genesis 34:23), and transitive: to carry through, and intransitive: to succeed, prosper (Judges 18:5). even a second by שׁ, because it is intended to be read asherê as an exception, on account of the significance of the word (Baer, in Comm. Psalm 35:28 And my tongue shall declare Your righteousness And Your praise all day long. Psalm 1:2 Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament The exclamatory אשׁרי, as also Psalm 32:2 ; Psalm 40:5 ; Proverbs 8:34 , has Gaja (Metheg) by the Aleph, and in some Codd. A psalm of David. And from this kind of employment, there comes forth at length a man well instructed in the law of the Lord to speak unto the people. As this world is the kingdom of Satan, unconverted men, of every rank, party, and character, are stirred up by him to oppose the cause of God. The perff. And now mark his positive character. The heavens so declare the glory of God, and proclaim his wisdom, power, and goodness, that all ungodly men are left without excuse. The Psalm is structured as a dramatic presentation in four acts. We are not all Berean searchers of the Scriptures. The meaning is: (a) he does this habitually, or he intentionally forms the habit of meditating on divine truth, by disciplining his mind in order that he may do it; (b) he takes time to do it - designedly setting apart suitable portions of each day, that, withdrawn from the cares of life, he may refresh his spirit by contemplating divine truth, or may become better acquainted with God, and with his duty to him, and may bring to bear upon his own soul more directly the truths pertaining to eternal realities; (c) he does this in the intervals of business, the moments of leisure which he may have during the day - having thus an unfailing subject of reflection to which his mind readily reverts, and in which, amid the cares and toils of life, he finds relaxation and comfort; and. denotes either one brook regarded from its abundance of water, or even several which from different directions supply the tree with nourishing and refreshing moisture. of Psalm 26:4., Jeremiah 15:17). Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. The meaning here is, he thinks of it; he endeavors to understand its meaning; he has pleasure in reflecting on it. Verse 2. In this psalm, the way of the righteous and the way of … – The Way of the Righteous and the Way of the Ungodly. BIBLICAL COMMENTARY (Bible Study) Psalm 121 EXEGESIS: INTRODUCTION: Psalm 121 encourages pilgrims braving dangerous roads to Jerusalem. rmh ṣlb mtı̂n mstwin, a hard, firm and straight spear. The psalm is filled with promise in the midst of a time of waiting and uncertainty. BOOK ONE Psalms 1–41 -The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly - Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. In the whole doctrine of the Holy Scriptures, that invariable rule of truth, as Irenaeus rightly calleth it, Kανων της αληθειας ακλινης. Compare Psalm 119:23, Psalm 119:43; Psalm 143:5. Psalm 1 is the first psalm of the Book of Psalms, beginning in the English King James Version: "Blessed is the man".The Book of Psalms is part of the third section of the Hebrew Bible, and a book of the Christian Old Testament.In Latin, this psalm is known as Beatus vir or Beatus vir, qui non abiit.. (from צלח, Arab. Do you study God's Word? Psalm 81 is the 81st psalm in the biblical Book of Psalms.Its themes relate to celebration and repentance. The "will," which is here signified, is that delight of heart, and that certain pleasure, in the law, which does not look at what the law promises, nor at what it threatens, but at this only; that "the law is holy, and just, and good." to the law of Jehovah is his inclination. Psalm 119 is an expansion of Psalm 19:7–9: “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. His delight is in the law of the Lord. This psalm has a good deal in common with Proverbs 2:12-15, 20-22 and Jeremiah 17:5-13, both of which contrast the Compare Psalm 19:10; Psalm 119:97, Psalm 119:99. Arab. Thus in the great day of trial, when they should be saved by their book, alas! Psalm 1:1–2, 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; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. And indeed there is for Psalm 32 speaks of blessings which are a result of God’s forgiveness of sins. חטּאים (from the sing. The notes explain some of the words with a *star by them. As the meditation is, such is the man. (2 Samuel 22:3) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. He does not need to pay or repay anyone, or ask us for anything. (Psalm 46:1) חטּא, instead of which חטא is usually found) sinners, ἁμαρτωλοί, who pass their lives in sin, especially coarse and manifest sin; לצים (from לוּץ, as מת from מוּת) scoffers, who make that which is divine, holy, and true a subject of frivolous jesting. I have no rest, but in a nook, with the book. Psalm 2:1 Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing? (1) There is the way of the godly and their blessedness in contrast to the way of the ungodly (1:1-6). An attractive faculty, to assume and draw in the food; A retentive faculty, to retain it when taken in; As assimilating faculty to concoct the nourishment; An augmenting faculty, for drawing to perfection. Psalm 119:54 : "Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage." Ver. What now? The believer's acquaintance with it. rumhun tsadqun, i.e., according to the Kamus Arab. Verse 2. 26 and 27 Anm. Commentary on Psalm 19:1-6. Sir Richard Baker. This is because God made everything. 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.”. To meditate, as it is generally understood, signifies to discuss, to dispute; and its meaning is always confined to a being employed in words, as in Psalms 37:30 , "The mouth of the righteous shall meditate wisdom." But the blessed man doesn’t. The first two verses encourage us to remember what God has done for Israel and for us — looking favorably on the land, restoring fortunes, and centering, … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13" ] Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 1 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: This is a wisdom psalm, calling people to follow the path of righteousness to obtain the blessings that God confers on the righteous. And in his law - On his law, or his truth. Notice that Psalm 1:2 doesn’t say that the blessed man simply reads the Law of the Lord. Verse 2. He doesn’t JUST study it. Psalm 92:1-2. If not, this blessing belongeth not to you. Verses 3 – 6: In verse 3 the hill … Here the word undoubtedly refers to the written revelation of the will of God as far as it was then made known. Psalm 1 consists of two stanzas and six verses. Thomas Watson's Saints' Spiritual Delight. "He doth meditate." The rage of nations and the laugh of God. The Hebrew word תורה tôrâh, properly means instruction, precept; and then, an injunction, command, law, in the usual sense of the word. He does not take counsel of them as to the way in which he should live, but from the law of the Lord, Psalm 1:2. in Psalm 1:3, the development of the אשׁרי now begins; it is the praet. Thomas a Kempis, 1380-1471. What there is in it for the believer to delight in. Hence Augustine has, in his translation, "chatter;" and a beautiful metaphor it is -- as chattering is the employment of birds, so a continual conversing in the law of the Lord (for talking is peculiar to man), ought to be the employment of man. The clause ועלהוּ לא יבּול is the other half of the relative clause: and its foliage does not fall off or wither (נבל like the synon. It is not a subject which he puts away from him, or in respect to which he is indifferent, but he keeps it before his mind, and has satisfaction in doing it. Verse 2. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. It was applied particularly to the Pentateuch, or law of Moses (compare the notes at Luke 24:44), as containing the first written and recorded laws of God; and then the word came, in a more general sense, to be applied to all the books of the Old Testament, as being an exposition and application of the law. They speak themselves to be works of God's hands; for they must have a Creator who is eternal, infinitely wise, powerful, and good. A. Richard T. Ritenbaugh Tithing We got a praise song here! : he becomes in consequence of this, he is thereby, like a tree planted beside the water-courses, which yields its fruit at the proper season and its leaf does not fall off. Hence it is not only a love of the law, but that loving delight in the law which no prosperity, nor adversity, nor the world, nor the prince of it, can either take away or destroy; for it victoriously bursts its way through poverty, evil report, the cross, death, and hell, and in the midst of adversities, shines the brightest. Verse 2. Here is, I. With the first meaning, Jahve would be the subject; with the third, the project of the righteous; with the middle one, the righteous man himself. 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