4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.

Other Translations of Psalm 1:4

King James Version

4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

English Standard Version

4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

The Message

4 You're not at all like the wicked, who are mere windblown dust -

New King James Version

4 The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

New Living Translation

4 But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 1:4

Commentary on Psalm 1:4-6

(Read Psalm 1:4-6)

The ungodly are the reverse of the righteous, both in character and condition. The ungodly are not so, ver. 4; they are led by the counsel of the wicked, in the way of sinners, to the seat of the scornful; they have no delight in the law of God; they bring forth no fruit but what is evil. The righteous are like useful, fruitful trees: the ungodly are like the chaff which the wind drives away: the dust which the owner of the floor desires to have driven away, as not being of any use. They are of no worth in God's account, how highly soever they may value themselves. They are easily driven to and fro by every wind of temptation. The chaff may be, for a while, among the wheat, but He is coming, whose fan is in his hand, and who will thoroughly purge his floor. Those that, by their own sin and folly, make themselves as chaff, will be found so before the whirlwind and fire of Divine wrath. The doom of the ungodly is fixed, but whenever the sinner becomes sensible of this guilt and misery, he may be admitted into the company of the righteous by Christ the living way, and become in Christ a new creature. He has new desires, new pleasures, hopes, fears, sorrows, companions, and employments. His thoughts, words, and actions are changed. He enters on a new state, and bears a new character. Behold, all things are become new by Divine grace, which changes his soul into the image of the Redeemer. How different the character and end of the ungodly!