U Book 1.5: The Wise and the Foolish

C Part 1: The Wise

U Chapter 1.1: The wise saint desires to dwell in the House of Jehovah (Psalm 27)

U Introduction

U Jehovah is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? Jehovah is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

C When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

C Though an army should camp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

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O One thing have I desired of Jehovah, that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the House of Jehovah all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of Jehovah, and to inquire in his Temple: for in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion; in the secret of his Tabernacle shall he hide me: he shall set me up upon a Rock.

O And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me; therefore will I offer in his Tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing; yea, I will sing praises to Jehovah.

C Hear, O Jehovah, when I cry with my voice; have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When you said, Seek my face, my heart said to you, Your face, O Jehovah, will I seek.

C Hide not your face from me; put not your servant away in anger; you have been my help. Leave me not; neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

U When my father and my mother forsake me, then Jehovah will take me up.

C Conclusion

C Teach me your way, O Jehovah, and lead me in a plain path, because of my enemies. Do not deliver me over to the will of my enemies: for false witnesses have risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

C I would have fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of Jehovah in the land of the living.

U Wait on Jehovah; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on Jehovah.

C Chapter 1.2: The wise saint longs for God in the Sanctuary (Psalm 63)

U Introduction

U O God, you are my God; early will I seek you.

C My soul thirsts for you; my flesh longs for you in a dry and thirsty land, where there is no water;

C to see your power and your glory, so as I have seen you in the Sanctuary.

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U Because your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you.

C Thus will I bless you while I live; I will lift up my hands in your Name.

C My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the night watches.

O Because you have been my help, therefore in the shadow of your wings will I rejoice. My soul follows hard after you; your right hand upholds me.

O But those that seek my soul to destroy it shall go into the lower parts of the earth; they shall fall by the sword; they shall be a portion for foxes.

C Conclusion

C But the king shall rejoice in God;

C every one that swears by him shall glory.

U But the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

C Chapter 1.3: The wise saint longs for Jehovah at his altars (Psalm 84)

U Introduction

U How pleasant are your tabernacles, O Jehovah of hosts!

C My soul longs, yea, even faints for the courts of Jehovah;

C my heart and my flesh cries out for the Living God.

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U Moreover, the sparrow has found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even as we at your altars, O Jehovah of hosts, my King and my God.

C Blessed are they that dwell in your House; they will be continually praising you. Selah.

C Blessed is the man whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the ways of God; who passing through the valley of weeping makes it a spring; the rain also fills the pools. They go from strength to strength; every one of them in Zion appears before God.

O O Jehovah God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

O Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of your anointed: for a day in your courts is better than a thousand in the world. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the House of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

C Conclusion

C For Jehovah God is a sun and shield; Jehovah will give grace and glory;

C no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

U O Jehovah of hosts, blessed is the man that trusts in you!

O Chapter 1.4: The wise saint is cast down, but hopes in God (Psalm 43)

U Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation. O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man: for you are the God of my strength.

C Why do you cast me off?

C Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

O O send out your Light and your Truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill, and to your tabernacles. Then will I go to the altar of God, to God my overwhelming joy. Yea, upon the harp will I praise you, O God my God.

O Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

O Chapter 1.5: The wise saint praises Jehovah in spite of those who mock him (Psalm 42)

O As the deer longs after the waterbrooks, so longs my soul after you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the Living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, Where is your God? When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude; I went with them to the House of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept the feast day.

O Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted in me? Hope in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

C O my God, my soul is cast down within me; therefore will I remember you from the land of Jordan and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar. Deep calls to deep at the sound of your waterspouts; all your waves and your billows have gone over me. Jehovah will command his lovingkindness in the daytime; and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer to the God of my life.

C I will say to God my Rock, Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? As with a sword in my bones, my enemies reproach me, while they say daily to me, Where is your God?

U Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

C Part 2: The Foolish

U Chapter 2.1: The foolish shall not stand in Jehovahs sight (Psalm 5)

U Introduction

U Give ear to my words, O Jehovah; consider my meditation.

C Listen to the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto you will I pray.

C You shall hear my voice in the morning, O Jehovah; in the morning will I direct my prayer to you, and will look up.

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O For you are not a God that has pleasure in wickedness; neither shall evil dwell with you. The foolish shall not stand in your sight; you hate all workers of iniquity. You will destroy them that speak lies; Jehovah will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

O But as for me, I will come into your House in the multitude of your mercy, and in your fear will I worship toward your holy Temple.

C Lead me, O Jehovah, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before my face.

C For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is destruction; their throat is an open tomb; they flatter with their tongue.

U Destroy them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions: for they have rebelled against you.

C Conclusion

C But let all those that put their trust in you rejoice; let them always shout for joy, because you defend them.

C Let them also that love your Name be joyful in you.

U For you, Jehovah, will bless the righteous; with favor will you surround him as a shield.

C Chapter 2.2: The fool has rejected God (Psalm 53)

U Introduction

U The fool has said in his heart, There is no God.

C Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity.

C There is no one that does good.

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U God looked down from Heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that understood, that sought God.

C Every one of them has gone back; they have altogether become filthy;

C There is no one that does good; no, not even one.

O Do the workers of iniquity have no knowledge?

O Who eat up my people as they eat bread; they have not called upon God.

C Conclusion

C There they were in great fear, where no fear was: for God has scattered the bones of him that camps against you.

C You have put them to shame, because God has despised them.

U Oh that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When God brings back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

C Chapter 2.3: The fool has rejected Jehovah (Psalm 14)

U Introduction

U The fool has said in his heart, There is no God.

C They are corrupt; they have done abominable works.

C There is no one that does good.

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U Jehovah looked down from Heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that understood, and sought God.

C They have all gone aside; they have all together become filthy;

C There is no one that does good; no, not even one.

O Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge?

O Who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon Jehovah.

C Conclusion

C There they were in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

C You have shamed the counsel of the poor, because Jehovah is his refuge.

U Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When Jehovah brings back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

O Chapter 2.4: The ungodly shall be cast into Hell (Psalm 73)

U Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

C But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had almost slipped: for I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked: for there are no pangs in their death, but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride surrounds them like a chain, and violence covers them as a garment. Their eyes bulge with abundance; they have more than heart could wish. They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression; they speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walks through the earth; therefore his people return here; and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them. And they say, How does God know? And is there knowledge in the most High? Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.

C Truly I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence: for I have been plagued by temptation all day long, and disciplined every morning. If I say, I will speak thus, behold, I would offend against the generation of your children.

O When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; until I went into the Sanctuary of God, then I understood their end. Surely you set them in slippery places; you cast them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors. As a dream when one awakes, so, O Lord, when you awake, you shall despise their image. Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. So foolish was I, and ignorant; I was like a beast before you.

O Nevertheless I am continually with you; you have held me by my right hand. You shall guide me with your Counsel, and afterward receive me into glory. Whom do I have in Heaven but you? And there is no one upon earth that I desire beside you. My flesh and my heart fails, but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever: for, lo, they that are far from you shall perish; you have destroyed all them that go a whoring from you. But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord Jehovah, that I may declare all your works.

O Chapter 2.5: The proud are like the beasts that perish (Psalm 49)

O Hear this, all you people; give ear, all you inhabitants of the world: both low and high, rich and poor, together. My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. I will incline my ear to a parable; I will open my dark saying upon the harp.

O Why should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall surround me? They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches: none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him (for the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceases forever), so that he would still live forever, and not see corruption. For he sees that wise men die; likewise the fool and the stupid person perish, and leave their wealth to others. Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue forever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they even call their lands after their own names.

C Nevertheless man being in honor does not remain; he is like the beasts that perish. This their way is their foolishness, yet their posterity approves their sayings. Selah. Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them, and the upright shall have dominion over them in the Morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling. But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.

C Be not afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased: for when he dies, he shall carry nothing away; his glory shall not descend after him. Though while he lived he blessed his soul; and men will praise you, when you do well for yourself. But he shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.

U Man that is in honor, but does not understand, is like the beasts that perish.