Bible Commentaries

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Psalms 1

Verse 1

TITLE, Psalms. See App-63and the Structures on pp. 720, 721. Compare Luke 20:42, Luke 24:44, Acts 1:20.

BLESSED = How Happy. The first Psalm begins thus and Psalm 2ends thus. So does the last Psalm of Book I: Psalms 41:1; Psalms 41:13). Figure of speech Antiptosis (App-6). Compare Jeremiah 17:7, Jeremiah 17:8. See App-63. for the Beatitudes in the Psalms.

man. Hebrew "ish. Put by Figure of speech Synecdoche (of Species), App-6, for all of both sexes.

walketh, &c: i.e. who never did walk . . . stand . . . sit. Figure of speech Anabasis, three triplets: walketh counsel ungodly = continue in. standeth way sinners = carry out. sitteth seat scornful = settle down.

ungodly = lawless. Hebrew. rasha". App-44.

sinners. Hebrew. chata".

scornful = scoffers. Hebrew. luz.

Verse 2

the law = instruction: i.e. the whole Pentateuch which contains it.

meditate: i.e. continually and habitually.

Verse 3

be = become, or prove. Figure of speech Simile. App-6. Like a tree. The first of two comparisons. See Psalms 1:4.

planted: i.e. in a garden. Not a "tree of the field".

rivers = divisions irrigating a garden. Hebrew. palgey-mayim. See note on Proverbs 21:1.

prosper. Compare Genesis 39:3, Genesis 39:23.

Verse 4

are not so, &c. = not so the ungodly.

like the chaff. The other comparison. See Psalms 1:3. Compare Psalms 35:5.

wind. Hebrew. ruach. App-9.

Verse 5

stand = rise. No part in first resurrection. Revelation 20:5, Revelation 20:6. Compare Psalms 49:14.

congregation = assembly.

righteous = justified.

Verse 6

For. Effect latent in first clause: cause latent in second clause.

knoweth = approveth, or acknowledged. Figure of speech Metonymy (of Cause). Compare Nahum 1:7. 2 Timothy 2:19.

perish = come to naught.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 1". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.