1. Blessed--literally, "oh, the happiness"--an exclamation
of strong emotion, as if resulting from reflecting on the subject. The use of
the plural may denote fulness and variety (2 Chronicles
counsel . . . way . . . seat--With their corresponding verbs, mark gradations of evil, as acting on the principles, cultivating the society, and permanently conforming to the conduct of the wicked, who are described by three terms, of which the last is indicative of the boldest impiety (compare Psalms 26:4,5, Jeremiah 15:17).
2. law--all of God's word then written, especially the books of Moses (compare Psalms 119:1,55,97, &c.).
3. like a tree--(Jeremiah
the rivers--canals for irrigation.
shall prosper--literally, "make prosper," brings to perfection. The basis of this condition and character is given (Psalms 32:1).
4. not so--either as to conduct or happiness.
like the chaff--which, by Eastern modes of winnowing against the wind, was utterly blown away.
5. stand in the judgment--be acquitted. They shall be driven from among the good (Matthew 25:45,46).
6. knoweth the way--attends to and provides for them (Psalms
way of the wicked--All their plans will end in disappointment and ruin (Psalms 37:13, 146:8, Proverbs 4:19).