Psalm 1

Refrain:    The Lord knows the way of the righteous.

1    Blessed are they who have not walked

in the counsel of the wicked,  

nor lingered in the way of sinners,

nor sat in the assembly of the scornful.

2    Their delight is in the law of the Lord  

and they meditate on his law day and night.

3    Like a tree planted by streams of water

bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither,  

whatever they do, it shall prosper. [R]

4    As for the wicked, it is not so with them;  

they are like chaff which the wind blows away.

5    Therefore the wicked shall not be able to stand in the judgement,  

nor the sinner in the congregation of the righteous.

6    For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,  

but the way of the wicked shall perish.

Refrain:    The Lord knows the way of the righteous.

Christ our wisdom,

give us delight in your law,

that we may bear fruits of patience and peace

in the kingdom of the righteous;

for your mercy’s sake.


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