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. ‘Behold! That was the background for this prayer of David. shall prosper—literally, "make prosper," brings to perfection. It grows up gradually, silently, without observation; and in proportion as it rises aloft, so do its roots, with still less observation, strike deep into the earth. In פּלגי מים, both מים and the plur. The misconception that indulging in the lust of the flesh and 'getting on' in the world as the accepted way to a 'good life' is an illusion which is addressed in Psalm 1. David's son, Absalom, began a violent revolution. It does not ripen and fall too soon, or fall before it is mature; and the crop is abundant. יהגּה, what he is always striving to do; הגה of a deep (cf. The basis of this condition and character is given (Ps 32:1). The rivers of pardon and the rivers of grace, the rivers of the promise and the rivers of the communion with Christ, are never-failing sources of supply. Arab. The final promise in this verse is success in all he does - "for in whatever he does, he will prosper". verses 4 - 6: enemies of God, we call them godless. The perff. But the man who delights in God's Word, being taught by it, bringeth forth patience in the time of suffering, faith in the day of trial, and holy joy in the hour of prosperity. In this Psalm, the way of the righteous and the way of the ungodly are contrasted. The blessed man or woman will not wither when seasons of difficulty and drought come to test their faith. Psalm 1:3 in all English translations. Psychol. I will praise your name forever and ever. Noldii Concord. Although we are living in a fallen world, we are not part 'of' the world... for we are a new creation in Christ and do not have to bow to their philosophical arguments; engage in their jokes or course conversations nor participate in any underhand dealings. Thus רשׁע means the loose man and indeed as a moral-religyous notion loose from God, godless comp. Failure is often part of the growth we’ve just been talking about. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. Psalm 18:21 says, For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my Elohiym. He will yield fruit in its season. Psalm 1:3(NASB) The intonation of the accent is said in these instances to begin, by anticipation, with the fugitive ĕ.). Look after Psalm 5 to learn what the word "righteous" means. ... KJV, Word Study Bible, Leathersoft, Purple, Thumb Indexed, Red Letter Edition: 1,700 Key Words that Unlock the Meaning of the Bible. God’s ways are awesome and high. No particular kind of tree is referred to in the passage before us, but there are abundant illustrations of the passage in the rows of willow, oranges, etc., that stand on the banks of these artificial streams in the East. Many scholars consider this psalm to be post-exilic (written after the Babylonian Exile), although that is far from certain. Compare Job 8:16, note; Job 15:32, note. The man who is truly blessed is identified as the one who does NOT walk in the counsel of the wicked nor linger in their company or participate in their hidden deeds of darkness, but separates themselves from the company of ungodly men or compromised Christians. We often, like Jehoshaphat, make ships to go to Tarshish for gold, but they are broken at Ezion-geber; but even here there is a true prospering, for it is often for the soul's health that we should be poor, bereaved, and persecuted. Well, we need to understand what God means by this word. 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). He is "like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;" not unseasonable graces, like untimely figs, which are never full-flavoured. Verses 1-3 are saying that people who make it a habit to avoid doing evil things can be led by the Lord, through the Word, to love good things. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. hjs, mussitando secum loqui) of one who is searching and thinking. And Paul writes in Galatians 5 that those who walk in step with the Spirit are marked by “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (vv. There are praise Psalms, lament Psalms, and enthronement Psalms and all contain wisdom, of course, but as an introduction and door to the rest of the Psalms, this Psalm declares in just a few words some of the most basic but profound truths and propositions of the Bible. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. The Hebrew word פלג peleg, from פלג pâlag, to cleave, to split, to divide), properly means divisions; and then, channels, canals, trenches, branching-cuts, brooks. 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. 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). thin, loose, without stay, like a bad piece of weaving, vid., Fleischer's translation of Samachschari's Golden Necklace pp. If a man desires permanent prosperity and happiness, it is to be found only in the ways of virtue and religion. Only the interference of David's ally prevented that overwhelming assault from happening (2 Samuel 17:15–16). Arab. 3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. rmh ṣlb mtı̂n mstwin, a hard, firm and straight spear. The idea is that of a tree which, at the proper season of the year, is loaded with fruit. Fruitfulness is an essential quality of: a gracious man, and that fruitfulness should be seasonable. Planted by the rivers of water - It is not a tree that springs up spontaneously, but one that is set out in a favorable place, and that is cultivated with care. In the relative clause the whole emphasis does not rest on בּעתּו (Calvin: impii, licet praecoces fructus ostentent, nihil tamen producunt nisi abortivum), but פּריו is the first, בּעתּו the second tone-word: the fruit which one expects from it, it yields (equivalent to יעשׂה it produces, elsewhere), and that at its appointed, proper time ( equals בּעדתּו, for עת is equals עדת or עדת, like רדת, לדת, from ועד), without ever disappointing that hope in the course of the recurring seasons. I pray that I may not be induced to walk in the way of the world nor compromise my Christian faith. Psalm 1:3 “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.” Explanation and Commentary of Psalm 1:3. Psalm 1:1(KJV) Verse Thoughts Such a man is living in the world but is not enticed by the things of the world, nor is he influenced by the mind-set of the worldly men, who live in defiant rebellion against God and holds His anointed Son in such contempt. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. "And whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. Because Psalm 130 is marked by an awareness of sin and a powerful assurance of forgiveness, tradition numbers it among the seven penitential psalms (6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143). The psalmist describes this in Psalm 1: The person “whose delight is in the law of the Lord . transl.].). It is only with וכל, where the language becomes unemblematic, that the man who loves the Law of God again becomes the direct subject. -- This is an allusion to the Eastern method of cultivation, by which rivulets of water are made to flow between the rows of trees, and thus, by artificial means, the trees receive a constant supply of moisture. 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. So Ecclesiastes 2:4 : "I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees." So, I … 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. p. 189. The image is one of great beauty. In all that he does, he prospers. He is described in this verse in a fourfold way. meaning not so much in things temporal, of which Arama interprets it, for in these the good man does not always succeed, but in things spiritual: whatever he does in faith, from love, to the glory of God, and in the name of Christ, prospers; yea, those things in which he is concerned, that are adverse, and seem for the present to be against him, in the issue work for good to him: in short, such a man is blessed with grace … He even contemplated sending a 12,000-man army to kill his father (2 Samuel 17:1–3). He is the one who works the works of God through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit... and whose words, actions, attitudes and motives are grounded on God's word and honour His holy name. The description now continues with כּי אם (imo si, Ges. For though we know our interest in the promise, yet are we so tried and troubled, that sight sees the very reverse of what that promise foretells. dbl, from the root בל). We learn right off the bat that the blessed life looks like the rejection of certain lifestyles. “Luther, when he was buffeted by the devil at Coburg, and in great affliction, said to those about him, Come, let us sing that psalm, ‘Out of the depths,’ etc., in derision of the devil…. And then leaving the simile about the tree, the last statement of Psalm 1:3 is that whatever the blessed man does he causes to prosper. In this first Psalm, the inner meaning is pretty close to the surface. (Psalms 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. We too transfer the idea of being lax and loose to the province of ethics: the difference is only one of degree. 155, 2, 9): but (if) his delight is, equals (substantival instead of the verbal clause:) he delights (חפץ cf. They will be reborn, or regenerated. The best rendering is, all that he doeth he maketh to prosper, which may mean either “the righteous man carries out to a successful end all his enterprises,” or “all that he begins he brings to a maturity.”. This noun is derived from the verb rasha (Strong's #7561) and literally means "to depart from the path." 1 I will exalt you, my God, the King. In verses 4-5, it's saying that people who don't live well - who are ungodly - will not be saved. . Our Price: $69.98. - lies between the Sheb and the tone, e.g., ננתּקה (with Dech) Psalm 2:3, ואענהוּ Psalm 91:15 and the like. Psalm 92:12. He shall neither lose his beauty nor his fruitfulness. The mindset of the world that despises the things of God and pours scorn on a life of purity has bought into a worldview that is rooted in a satanic deception, and the first Psalm deals with this conflict. This is a beautiful image of a person of faith who lives out what they believe. Psalms … O LORD, you have searched me and known me! 5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Psalms 1:3 KJV 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. MEANING OF PSALM 91, VERSE 3 AND 4 SIGNIFICANCE: ‘SURELY HE WILL DELIVER YOU OUT OF THE TRAP OF THE BIRD-HUNTER, AND THE PESTILENCE. 1. The waters made him great, the deep set him up on high, with his rivers running round about his plants, and sent out his little rivers unto all the trees of the field." A. Unlike the other psalms, Psalm 1 has no title1. Naturally the actual kind of tree in the poet’s thought interests us. BOOK I Psalms 1–41 - Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. I WILL EXALT YOU, MY GOD, MY KING. The prosperity in his verse is the not the compromised gospel that is taught in the emerging Churches.. nor is it the alternative 'prosperity' gospel of 'health and wealth' teachings. Arab. As there is a curse wrapped up in the wicked man's mercies, so there is a blessing concealed in the righteous man's crosses, losses, and sorrows. Blessed is the man who hath such a promise as this. PSALM 145:1-3. Psalms 1:3 NIV That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. The other two, which I take to be the work of art, are drawn round, the one to the right, and the other to the left, on the borders of the gardens, into which they are let out, as they pass, by little rivulets, and so dispersed over all the vast wood, insomuch that there is not a garden but has a fine, quick stream running through it." (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. Now, that’s a straight forward guarantee. But to the eye of faith this word is sure, and by it we perceive that our works are prospered, even when everything seems to go against us. "And he shall be like a tree planted;" not a wild tree, but "a tree planted," chosen, considered as property, cultivated and secured from the last terrible uprooting, for "every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up:" Matthew 15:13. with the old accusative terminations am and ah). 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. (r) "juxta divisiones"; Musculus, Hammond; so Ben Melech. HE WILL COVER HIM WITH HIS FEATHERS, AND UNDER HIS WINGS HE WILL BE SECURE, FOR HIS TRUTH WILL BE SHIELD AND DEFENSE’ Interpretation: The meaning of these verses is very explicit and easy to understand. It is conceivable that a righteous man - a man profoundly and sincerely fearing God - may sometimes form plans that will not be wise; it is conceivable that he may lose his wealth, or that he may be involved in the calamities that come upon a people in times of commercial distress, in seasons of war, of famine, and pestilence; it is conceivable that he may be made to suffer loss by the fraud and dishonesty of other men; but still as a general and as a most important truth, a life of piety will be followed by prosperity, and will constantly impart happiness. Now, this is no promise that the blessed man won’t ever fail. 76. That’s the meaning of this image of walking in someone’s counsel. The word "rivers" does not here quite express the sense of the original. This is not promoting isolation from the world, for we are to be lights in a dark place and are called to witness to a generation of lost souls... about sin, righteousness and judgement. in Psalm 1:3, the development of the אשׁרי now begins; it is the praet. He has been in the horrible pit of the grave, but has been brought up. An illustration of the passage may be derived from the account by Maundrell of the method of watering the gardens and orchards in the vicinity of Damascus. On הלך בּ, in an ethical sense, cf. His roots are deeply embedded in the truth of God's word, and his sustenance flows from multiple streams of God's eternal provision. Part. 1–3). rs' and rsg shows for רשׁע the primary notion to be slack, loose, in opposition to Arab. A Psalm of David. Blessed is the man A striking allusion to trees cultivated in this manner occurs in Ezekiel 31:3-4 : "Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon, with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of a high stature, and his top was among the thick boughs. What does Psalm chapter 3 mean? thick, firm, stout, solid, and Arab. For, as Bishop Hall says, “Look where you will in God’s Book, you shall never find any lively member of God’s house, any true Christian, compared to any but a fruitful tree.” Probably the palm meets all the conditions best. They will not be unsettled by problems and pain, for they are anchored to the Rock of our salvation, and protected under the shadow of His wings. I … By definition, we cannot choose one way without rejecting another. 2 Every day I will praise you. that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; and so appears to be a tree of righteousness, filled with the fruits of righteousness, the graces of the Spirit, and good works; which are brought forth by him under the influence of grace, as he has opportunity, and according to the measure of grace bestowed. ), The last clause, “Whatsoever he doeth, it shall,” &c, is obscure in construction. The fruit is not untimely. How good it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! That bringeth forth his fruit in his season - Whose fruit does not fall by the lack of nutriment. The Psalm begins with the joy of Christ in resurrection (Psalms 40:1; Psalms 40:2). Micah 6:16; Jeremiah 7:24. 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. The whole land of Egypt was anciently sluiced in this manner, and it was in this way that its extraordinary fertility was secured. However, in the Hebrew language the noun rasha (Strong's #7563) has a very different meaning. 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. The word prosper in the Hebrew text literally means “to push forward; to pass through; to get on.” It carries the idea of thriving and succeeding in what you do. "His leaf also shall not wither;" his faintest word shall be everlasting; his little deeds of love shall be had in remembrance. His leaf also shall not wither; neither tree, nor fruit, nor leaf shall wither, but shall be always green; which is expressive of the saints' perseverance: the reasons of which are, they are ingrafted in Christ the true vine, and abide in him, from whom they have their sap, nourishment, and fruit, John 15:1; they are rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith of him; and so they hold fast the profession of it without wavering; and whatsoever he doth shall prosper; meaning not so much in things temporal, of which Arama interprets it, for in these the good man does not always succeed, but in things spiritual: whatever he does in faith, from love, to the glory of God, and in the name of Christ, prospers; yea, those things in which he is concerned, that are adverse, and seem for the present to be against him, in the issue work for good to him: in short, such a man is blessed with grace here, and glory hereafter; and therefore must needs be an happy man. We must have constant regard to the word of God, as the rule of our actions, and the spring of our comforts; and have it in our thoughts night and day. hjj, depressum esse), dull sound, as if vibrating between within and without, here signifies the quiet soliloquy (cf. This idea of the effect of a life of piety is one that is common in the Scriptures, and is sustained by the regular course of events. (c) God's children are so moistened with his grace, that whatever comes to them, tends to their salvation. In them God shows that He will … Sam Storms comments, “Believe it or not, happiness or blessedness can be found in something negative! Verse 3. The oleander suggested by Dean Stanley (Sinai and Palestine, 146), though answering the description in many ways, fails from its want of fruit to satisfy the principal condition. 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. rumhun tsadqun, i.e., according to the Kamus Arab. Whatsoever he doeth shall prosper, 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, And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That bringeth forth his fruit in his season, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. This Psalm can be … The psalm is a regular part of Jewish, Catholic, Anglican, and Protestant liturgies. Psalm 26:4., Jeremiah 15:17). For this purpose no time is amiss. The allusion is to the Oriental method of irrigating their lands by making artificial rivulets to convey the water from a larger stream, or from a lake. There is joy in saying no. We are to be a living testament of God's goodness and grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, but we are to avoid partnership with the enemy camp, which can lead to a compromise of the truth of the glorious gospel of God, The man who is identified as truly blessed is the one who delights in the Scriptures and meditates, day and night on God's word. consec. tsdq, צדק to be hard, firm, tight; as Arab. This helps establish that it is itself an introduction or epitome of the Psalms. Psalm one is a wisdom Psalm. His fruit in his season. The image is that of a tree abundantly watered, and that was flourishing. 1 To the choirmaster. hakuma, wise, prop. What Does Psalm 1:3 Mean? AMEN. These were sung at Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles, but had the greatest significance at Passover, which celebrated the Jews’ deliverance from Egypt (compare Exodus chapters 12-14). Bibl. Psalm 3:8 (the olive), Psalm 128:3 (vine); Hosea 14:6 (olive and cedar). 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. In all that he does, he prospers” (Psalm 1:3). 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). . That bringeth forth fruit in his season —, whose leaf never withers. (We say it "ry-chus ".) Verse 3. The way of the righteous. Help me to be a worthy witness of Your loving-kindness and living testimony of God great love to us all, this I ask in Jesus' name. חטּאים (from the sing. sachufa, foolish, simple, prop. 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