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.

New Heart English Bible
but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates 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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; And in His law doth he meditate day and night.

New American Standard 1977
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
            And in His law he meditates 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:
Study Bible
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
Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening; and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming.

Joshua 1:8
"This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

Psalm 25:5
Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.

Psalm 63:5
My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.

Psalm 63:6
When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches,

Psalm 112:1
Praise the LORD! How blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who greatly delights in His commandments.

Psalm 119:14
I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, As much as in all riches.

Psalm 119:15
I will meditate on Your precepts And regard Your ways.

Psalm 119:16
I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word. Gimel.

Psalm 119:97
O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.
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But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night.

Psalm

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 …

meditate

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…

(2) But.--The Hebrew is an elliptical expression implying a strong contrast, "nay but," "on the contrary."

The positive side of a good man's character is now described according to the standard which prevailed when the written law first came truly into force.

In the law of Jehovah is his delight.--Or, to the law of Jehovah is his inclination. The Hebrew word means primarily "to bend."

Meditate.--Literally, murmur (of a dove, Isaiah 38:14; of men lamenting, Isaiah 16:7; of a lion growling, Isaiah 31:4; of muttered charms, Isaiah 8:19). (Comp. Joshua 1:8, which might have suggested this).

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