But the rulers of the earth generally have been most active. 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. Joshua 1:8, which might have suggested this). Sir Richard Baker. (2 Samuel 22:3) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. In his law doth he meditate day and night. Be not you so cheated; but study the gospel as you look for comfort by the gospel. 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. Here the word undoubtedly refers to the written revelation of the will of God as far as it was then made known. 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. Richard T. Ritenbaugh Tithing rumhun tsadqun, i.e., according to the Kamus Arab. 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. BIBLICAL COMMENTARY (Bible Study) Psalm 121 EXEGESIS: INTRODUCTION: Psalm 121 encourages pilgrims braving dangerous roads to Jerusalem. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 1 presents two (and only two) ways to live: the way of the world or the way of the Word. The Hebrew word תורה tôrâh, properly means instruction, precept; and then, an injunction, command, law, in the usual sense of the word. in Psalm 1:1 describe what he all along has never done, the fut. Verses 3 – 6: In verse 3 the hill … It assists the memory to lock up the jewels of divine truth in her sure treasury. (Note: Nevertheless we have not to compare רעשׁ, רגשׁ, for רשׁע, but the Arabic in the two roots Arab. But his delight is in the law of the Lord] i.e. Thomas Watson's Saints' Spiritual Delight. Verse 2. Verses 1 – 2: This means that God owns everything. Thomas Adams. And now mark his positive character. (Psalm 46:1) Psalm 2 – The Reign of the LORD’s Anointed. ii. Another prominent theme in Psalm 119 is the profound truth that the Word of God is all-sufficient. Psalm 91 appears to be a psalm in the setting of warfare with threats of an imminent battle that is about to, has or is currently taking place between solders that may be facing impossible odds. In His law doth he meditate. Verse 2. In His law doth he meditate day and night. Meditate.—Literally, murmur (of a dove, Isaiah 38:14; of men lamenting, Isaiah 16:7; of a lion growling, Isaiah 31:4; of muttered charms, Isaiah 8:19). 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." sachufa, foolish, simple, prop. 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: thin, loose, without stay, like a bad piece of weaving, vid., Fleischer's translation of Samachschari's Golden Necklace pp. The same two primary notions are also opposed to one another in speaking of the intellect: Arab. 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. Thus in the great day of trial, when they should be saved by their book, alas! Psalm 23. Psalm 26:4., Jeremiah 15:17). What now? 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. 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). Micah 6:16; Jeremiah 7:24. He that hopes for the inheritance, will make much of the conveyance. Psalm 77:12 : "I meditate on all thy work." Arab. In this psalm, the way of the righteous and the way of … On הלך בּ, in an ethical sense, cf. Psalm 11 Commentary: God’s Actions And now that David has established in his mind God’s lofty exalted sovereign POSITION, he’s going to also remind himself of the Lord’s PRESENT ACTIONS in … 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. 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 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. The word law in the Scriptures is used in a considerable variety of significations. (from צלח, Arab. 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. 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. 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. 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). Verse 2. He does not need to pay or repay anyone, or ask us for anything. Here is, I. – The Way of the Righteous and the Way of the Ungodly. 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. -- The good man doth meditate on the law of God day and night. 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. Do you study God's Word? 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. Sir Richard Baker. Meditation is the touchstone of a Christian; it shows what metal he is made of. The notes explain some of the words with a *star by them. 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. Do you make it the man of your right hand -- your best companion and hourly guide? In פּלגי מים, both מים and the plur. 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.. p. 189. Psalm 1. No entry exists in Forerunner Commentary for Psalms 1:2. 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. This Psalm of David simply praises the Lord God Jehovah. 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. חטּאים (from the sing. We too transfer the idea of being lax and loose to the province of ethics: the difference is only one of degree. In the law of Jehovah is his delight.—Or, to the law of Jehovah is his inclination. In His law doth he meditate day and night. -- The good man doth meditate on the law of God day and night. The law of the Lord is the daily bread of the true believer. Thomas a Kempis, 1380-1471. Oh, the Scriptures are hard to be understood, do not you trouble your heads about them; we will tell you the meaning of them. Psalm 1 2 Commentary: Delight. The Psalm is structured as a dramatic presentation in four acts. The word used here, הגה hâgâh, means properly to complain, to mutter; then, to speak; then, to utter in a low complaining voice, as is often done by a person in deep meditation; hence, in the usual sense, to meditate on anything; to think of it. Like many psalms, the theme of Psalm 2 is emphasized in the final verse. 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. 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. And yet, in David's day, how small was the volume of inspiration, for they had scarcely anything save the first five books of Moses! This psalm shows us, I. Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. If you want to know what true repentance is, check out this commentary and Bible study on Psalm 51. hakuma, wise, prop. 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. 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. Note how this Psalm drives home its truth by the use of contrasts. 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 He doesn’t JUST study it. 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). Arab. Psalm 81 is the 81st psalm in the biblical Book of Psalms.Its themes relate to celebration and repentance. We long to be in the company of those we love. 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. I have no rest, but in a nook, with the book. Psalm 19 - For the director of music. (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. 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. Bibl. 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.”. As the meditation is, such is the man. 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 (d) he does it in the wakeful hours of night, when sick and tossed upon his bed, or when, for any other reason, his "eyes are held waking." How few among us can lay claim to the benediction of the text! Psalms 1:2 But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD and in his law doth he meditate day and night. In Act One (2:1‑3), David raises the question about the chaos in the world, and the kings and rulers come forth in a … This Hiph. Notice that Psalm 1:2 doesn’t say that the blessed man simply reads the Law of the Lord. The psalm is a regular part of Jewish, Catholic, Anglican, and Protestant liturgies. thick, firm, stout, solid, and Arab. 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. But the blessed man doesn’t. 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. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Meditate. 2. An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 126. www.easyenglish.bible. Joseph Caryl, 1647. 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." Meditation chews the cud, and gets the sweetness and nutritive virtue of the Word into the heart and life: this is the way the godly bring forth much fruit. 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. rmh ṣlb mtı̂n mstwin, a hard, firm and straight spear. Psalm 142. 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. The rage of nations and the laugh of God. (1) There is the way of the godly and their blessedness in contrast to the way of the ungodly (1:1-6). 155, 2, 9): but (if) his delight is, equals (substantival instead of the verbal clause:) he delights (חפץ cf. (Psalm 46:1) For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. The perff. 495). Then he made the dry land. rs' and rsg shows for רשׁע the primary notion to be slack, loose, in opposition to Arab. II. Gordon Churchyard. And in his law - On his law, or his truth. The change in personal pronouns between verses 1-2 (I-my) and verses 3-8 (you-your) may signal a dialogue between pilgrims or groups of pilgrims. 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" 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. I. A. How he shows his delight, thinks of it, reads much, speaks of it, obeys it, does not delight in evil. Psalm 126. The believer's acquaintance with it. Words in brackets, ( ), are not in the *Hebrew Bible. Proud member What there is in it for the believer to delight in. Proverbs 23:7 . As the NIV’s translation suggests, Psalm 139 can be divided into four strophes: verses 1–6; 7–12; 13–18; and 19–24.Tucker and Davis offer an overview of these four movements: Before exploring the meaning of this passage in detail, here is the whole psalm for your consideration from the NIV: 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). 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. of with the old accusative terminations am and ah). 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. The persecution and affliction of the man (and woman) of God is a major theme of Psalm 119. What Psalm 24 means. Thus רשׁע means the loose man and indeed as a moral-religyous notion loose from God, godless comp. Condensed from Nathanael Ranew, 1670. Martin Luther. Perhaps some of you can claim a sort of negative purity, because you do not walk in the way of the ungodly; but let me ask you -- Is your delight in the law of God? : 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. In verse 2 the word "it" means the dry land. It helps judgment, wisdom, and faith to ponder, discern, and credit the things which reading and hearing supply and furnish. The waters are seas and rivers. Psalm 2 is twice as long, consisting of four stanzas and 12 verses. Compare Psalm 19:10; Psalm 119:97, Psalm 119:99. 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. If not, this blessing belongeth not to you. serve to give intensity to the figure; פּלג (Arab. 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. So Joshua 1:8 : "Thou shalt meditate therein (the law) day and night." His delight is in the law of the Lord. - lies between the Sheb and the tone, e.g., ננתּקה (with Dech) Psalm 2:3, ואענהוּ Psalm 91:15 and the like. Salem Media Group. He finds true joy in … Silver and gold are symbolic of everything of value. Commentary on Psalm 19:1-6. 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