Psalm 1: Two Paths

How are people blessed by shunning evil?

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Psalm 1:1–3 God blesses people who refuse evil advice, avoid the path of wrongdoers, and shun the manner of scoffers, but who delight in the Lord and want the Lord’s will all the time. They will be like trees growing near streams of water, yielding abundant fruit in season, its leaves still green with life on the hottest, driest days. All they do will lead to success.
King James
Psalm 1:1–3 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. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

What does it mean to “delight” in the Lord?

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Psalm 1:1–3 God blesses people who refuse evil advice, avoid the path of wrongdoers, and shun the manner of scoffers, but who delight in the Lord and want the Lord’s will all the time. They will be like trees growing near streams of water, yielding abundant fruit in season, its leaves still green with life on the hottest, driest days. All they do will lead to success.
King James
Psalm 1:1–3 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. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Why should people want God’s will all the time?

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Psalm 1:1–3 God blesses people who refuse evil advice, avoid the path of wrongdoers, and shun the manner of scoffers, but who delight in the Lord and want the Lord’s will all the time. They will be like trees growing near streams of water, yielding abundant fruit in season, its leaves still green with life on the hottest, driest days. All they do will lead to success.
King James
Psalm 1:1–3 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. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

How would you define “success”?

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Psalm 1:3 They will be like trees growing near streams of water, yielding abundant fruit in season, its leaves still green with life on the hottest, driest days. All they do will lead to success.
King James
Psalm 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

If the unrighteous will have nothing to show for their efforts, why are they prosperous?

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Psalm 1:4 Like the chaff scattered by the wind, the unrighteous will have nothing of value to show for their efforts.
King James
Psalm 1:4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Why will the unrighteous be condemned?

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Psalm 1:5 On Judgment Day, they will be condemned, having no place among the righteous.
King James
Psalm 1:5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

How does God’s watchfulness differ between the righteous and the unrighteous?

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Psalm 1:6 God watches over the steps of those who follow him, but those who follow another path are headed for destruction.
King James
Psalm 1:6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Why are those who don’t follow God headed for destruction?

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Psalm 1:6 God watches over the steps of those who follow him, but those who follow another path are headed for destruction.
Matthew 7:13 Enter through the small gate. For many take the wide gate and broad road that lead to destruction.
King James
Psalm 1:6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: