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Commentary on Psalms

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1 : The two ways.

A wisdom psalm, used as a preface to the Psalter, intended as a guide to the Psalter as a repository of divine instruction. Wisdom characteristics include the introductory assertion that the virtuous are happy (e.g., Prov 3.13 ); it continues with the language of the way, and the sharp contrast between the righteous and the wicked.

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The psalmist's nonassociation with the wicked and devotion to the Torah.

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The wicked are like worthless, insubstantial chaff; this contrasts with the righteous, who are like flourishing trees (v. 3; cf. Jer 17.7–8 ).

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The final verse brings the righteous and wicked together for a sharper contrast.

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