Psalm 1 (literal)

David Koyzis

  1. How blest the man who keeps from evil ways,
    Who heeds not sinful counsel all his days,
    Nor seeks the company of wicked scoffers,
    But takes delight in all the Lord God offers
    Within the statutes of his holy Law:
    Both day and night he ponders it with awe.
  2. He's like a tree that grows beside the stream,
    Whose fruitful limbs with ripened bounty teem,
    Whose verdant leaves will fade and wither never;
    All that he undertakes in faith will ever
    Be blessed by God with great prosperity.
    But wicked ones a different lot shall see.
  3. For they, like chaff, before the wind are blown
    And will not last before the judgment throne,
    Nor will they stand in council of the holy.
    But God protects all those who follow solely
    The paths of virtue and of righteousness,
    While death shall stalk the ways of wickedness.