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Psalms 1 & 2

March 18, 2008

Psalms 1 and 2 introduce the Psalter setting forth its theme. These two Psalms ought be treated as a unity for the following three reasons:

1. The inclusio of 1:1 and 2:12 – “Blessed is the man” and “Blessed are all they”.
2. The repitition of the perishing way in 1:6 and 2:12 – “the way of the ungodly shall perish” and “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way”.

3. The repitition of meditation in 1:3 and 2:1 – “in his law doth he meditate day and night” and “the people imagine a vain thing”.

In addition to these are Robert Cole’s observations in his “An Integrated Reading of Psalms 1 and 2”:

The semantic resemblance between ‘installed’ of 2.6 and ‘transplanted’ of 1.3, both accompanied by the identical preposition (1.3; 2.6), are one indication of equivalence. This individual is portrayed as a tree that ‘gives’ (1.3) its fruit at the appropriate time and as Yahweh’s son to whom he promises to ‘give’ (2.8 ) the nations as his inheritance. That ‘time’ (1.3) at which the tree will bear its harvest of fruit is the ‘now’ (2.10) when all kings of the earth are brought into submission to the chosen king ruling on Mt Zion.

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