Those who refuse to do life with those who are actively wicked
are made deeply happy by God’s special favor and grace.
This blessed person neither moves forward,
hangs out, nor settles down
with those who scorn and scoff at God.
He shuns the bad advice of wicked people.
He draws the greatest gratification and satisfaction
from meditating, murmuring in pleasure,
in the pages of God’s Word – and not only in the morning.
He desires to do what God requires in his Word.
God makes him to be like a tree he transplants
beside streams of water,
which yields fruit at the appropriate time.
There is no disgrace attached to him;
he is a successful person.
The actively ungodly are unstable,
more like the husk on a grain of wheat
than a flourishing tree.
A puff of wind blows them away.
They will appear before God for judgment
and fall at his verdict
because they travel the road called “destruction.”
Those to whom God gives the righteousness of Jesus
do not perish like the wicked
because God keeps watch over the road they travel.
– Personalized from the original Hebrew