Psalm 1 5 Commentary

Psalm 1 5 Commentary

Psalm 1 5 Commentary: And it’s because of the fact that “the wicked are like chaff which the winds drives away” that the end of the ungodly is the way that we have it portrayed in Psalm 1:5.

Psalm 1 5 Commentary: The Ungodly

The word translated “ungodly” in Psalm 1:4-5 is the same one in Psalm 1:1. And again, the idea is that these people are guilty ones. And so it’s no surprise that when they’re judged they won’t stand. Guilty people can’t escape judgment – especially when God the all-knowing one is the judge.

Psalm 1 5 Commentary: Eternal Judgement

And that gives away what I think this verse is talking about. You could read this verse and consider it to be speaking of a time on earth where the guilty will be judged. But I think it’s best to see it as speaking of the final judgment.

Psalm 1 5 Commentary: Standing in the Judgement

And so, because of the life characterized by fruitlessness – really, deadness – the wicked won’t stand in the judgment. They won’t prevail. They won’t be acquitted when they’re judged. They’ll be found guilty and condemned.

Psalm 1 5 Commentary: Standing in the Congregation of the Righteous

That just makes sense. What also makes sense is that sinners won’t stand in the congregation of the righteous. Why? Because they’re sinners and that’s the path they choose. They could be the blessed man in this psalm. But they refuse. And so when all the righteous are assembled – both in this life and in the one to come – these people won’t be found there.

Back to our Psalm 1 Commentary.


  1. Endar Malkovich says:

    Wrong. You assume judgment = condemnation.


    1. Paul says:

      Endar – What do you think that judgement means in the context of Psalm 1?


      1. Nestor Luis Martinez says:

        I always took it to mean the present as well as final judgement. I may be naive but the wicked cannot stand before judgement in court although we know judges can be corrupt and juries can be incompetent. I also took the assembly of the just to mean people, and in the present. Mom also told me reading the Bible was God’s way of talking to us. Maybe and probably God talks to us in different ways and says different things to us individually. In other words, two people can read the same exact passage and get two different meanings from God. Is that possible?


  2. Omar Kenyata says:

    Wrong? Curious comment. In the poetry of the psalms “like the chaff the wind blows away” is Certainly a picture of condemnation of the ungodly. Jesus says He that believeth not is condemned already (Mocker = unbelieving sinner)


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