Psalm 1:2
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New International Version
but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.

New Living Translation
But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night.

English Standard Version
but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

New American Standard Bible
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.

King James Bible
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Instead, his delight is in the LORD's instruction, and he meditates on it day and night.

International Standard Version
But he delights in the LORD's instruction, and meditates in his instruction day and night.

NET Bible
Instead he finds pleasure in obeying the LORD's commands; he meditates on his commands day and night.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But his pleasure is in the Law of Lord Jehovah and in his Law he will meditate day and night.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Rather, he delights in the teachings of the LORD and reflects on his teachings day and night.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in his law he meditates day and night.

King James 2000 Bible
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night.

American King James Version
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night.

American Standard Version
But his delight is in the law of Jehovah; And on his law doth he meditate day and night.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But his will is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he shall meditate day and night.

Darby Bible Translation
But his delight is in Jehovah's law, and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

English Revised Version
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Webster's Bible Translation
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

World English Bible
but his delight is in Yahweh's law. On his law he meditates day and night.

Young's Literal Translation
But -- in the law of Jehovah is his delight, And in His law he doth meditate by day and by night:
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:1-3 To meditate in God's word, is to discourse with ourselves concerning the great things contained in it, with close application of mind and fixedness of thought. 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. For this purpose no time is amiss.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - But his delight is in the Law of the Lord. The righteous man is not described positively, under two heads.

(1) He delights in the Law (camp. Psalm 109:16, 47, 77; Romans 7:22).

(2) He constantly mediates in it. The "Law" intended - תורה, not התּורה - is probably not the mere Law of Moses, but God's law, as made known to man in any way. Still, the resemblance of the passage to Joshua 1:8 shows the Law of Moses to have been very specially in the writer's thoughts. In his Law doth he meditate day and night; compare, besides Joshua 1:8, the following: Psalm 63:6; Psalm 119:15, 48, 78, 97. Constant meditation in God's Law has characterized all saint.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,.... Not the law of nature, which was inscribed on Adam's heart in innocence, but now greatly impaired by sin, and become very imperfect and very insufficient to make men happy, or to lead them to true felicity; nor the law of Moses, which is a fiery law, and works wrath, accuses of sin, pronounces guilty, curses and condemns to death; and therefore cannot be delighted in by a sensible sinner, unless as it is in the hands of Christ, and as fulfilled by him, who is the end of it; and as it is written on the heart of a regenerate man, who, so far as it is, delights in it after the inward man, and serves it with his spirit: but rather the Scriptures, as much and as many parts of them as were written in David's time; particularly the five books of Moses, which are called the Law and the Testimony of the Lord; which being inspired by God, were profitable and delightful to read, and to hear explained; and as they were David's delight, and the men of his council, Psalm 119:24; so they were the delight of every good man, there being many things in them concerning the Messiah, his grace and kingdom; see Luke 24:44. Moreover the word here used, signifies "doctrine", and may intend the evangelic doctrine, as it does in Psalm 19:7; which is a psalm concerning the doctrine of the apostles that went into all the world; and in like sense is the word used in Isaiah 2:3; of the doctrine of the Messiah, that is, the Gospel; and is the same with the law, or doctrine of faith, in Romans 3:27. And this may be called the doctrine of the Lord, because he is the author of it; it came by him, he revealed it; and because he is the subject of it; it is concerning him, his person, office, grace, and righteousness; and so far as it was published in the times of David, it was a joyful sound, good news and glad tidings, and the delight of good men;

and in his law doth he meditate day and night; as Joshua was directed to do, and David did, Joshua 1:8. This is to be understood of a diligent reading and serious consideration of it; and of the employment of the thoughts, and of deep study upon it, in order to find out the sense and meaning of it; and which is to be done constantly, every day, as often as there is leisure and opportunity for it; or, as Kimchi on the place observes, whenever a man is free from the business of life; unless this should be taken figuratively, of the day of prosperity and night of adversity, whether in things temporal or spiritual, which are each of them proper seasons to meditate in, upon the word of God and Gospel of Christ.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. law—all of God's word then written, especially the books of Moses (compare Ps 119:1, 55, 97, &c.).

Psalm 1:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Happiness of the Godly
1How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3He 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.…
Cross References
Genesis 24:63
He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching.

Joshua 1:8
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Psalm 25:5
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Psalm 63:5
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

Psalm 63:6
On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.

Psalm 112:1
Praise the LORD. Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands.

Psalm 119:14
I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.

Psalm 119:15
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.

Psalm 119:16
I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.

Psalm 119:97
Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.

Proverbs 23:26
My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways,

Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom's instruction.
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But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night.

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Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he …

But his

Psalm 40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God: yes, your law is within my heart.

Psalm 112:1 Praise you the LORD. Blessed is the man that fears the LORD, that …

Psalm 119:11,35,47,48,72,92 Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you…

Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have …

Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I did eat them; and your word was to me …

Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his …

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Psalm 104:34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

Psalm 119:11,15,97-99 Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you…

Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you …

1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate on these things; give yourself wholly to them; that your …

day

Psalm 88:1 O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you:

Luke 2:37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed …

Luke 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night to …

1 Thessalonians 2:9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail: for laboring night …

2 Timothy 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience…

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