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Psalm 1:1-3 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

The [a]Psalms of David

Whether it was Esdras, or any other that gathered the Psalms into a book, it seemeth he did set this Psalm first in manner of a preface, to exhort all godly men to study and meditate the heavenly wisdom.  For the effect hereof is,  1 That they be blessed which give themselves wholly all their life to the holy Scriptures; 4 and that the wicked contemners of God, though they seem for a while happy, yet at length shall come to miserable destruction.

Blessed is the man that doth not walk in the [b]counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his [c]law doth he meditate day and night.

For he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of waters, that will bring forth her fruits in due season: whose leaf shall not fade: so [d]whatsoever he shall do, shall prosper.


  1. Psalm 1:1 Or, praises, according to the Hebrews: and were chiefly instituted to praise and give thanks to God for his benefits. They are called the Psalms or Songs of David, because the most part were made by him.
  2. Psalm 1:1 When a man hath given once place to evil counsel, or to his own concupiscence, he beginneth to forget himself in his sin, and so falleth into contempt of God, which contempt is called the seat of the scorners.
  3. Psalm 1:2 In the holy Scriptures.
  4. Psalm 1:3 God’s children are so moistened ever with his grace, that whatsoever cometh unto them, tendeth unto their salvation.
1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

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