Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; Psalm 1:1
The Righteous and the Ungodly
A righteous person rejects the lifestyle of the wicked to find delight in God’s law, a choice which yields stability and prosperity. The wicked are vulnerable to destruction, for God supervises the outcome of man’s moral choices.
Key concepts. Blessing, Sin
Chaff (1:4) The ancient farmer crushed stalks of grain with a weighty, ox-drawn sled and then tossed them in the air. The lighter bits of straw and husks were blown away. Chaff is a frequent symbol of the wicked. They are insubstantial and worthless, destined to be discarded by God.
1:6 The Bible speaks of two ways (Prov.2:8, 4:19), only one of which leads to God. This is a consistent biblical theme, culminating in the celebrated words of Jesus, “I am the way” (John 14:6). The verb knows in this context refers not just to God’s awareness, but to an intimate, personal knowledge (101:4). God is intimately involved with the way of the righteous, but has no connection with the way of the ungodly, except in judgment (146:9).
Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” John 14:5
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6