Psalm 1 5 Commentary: And it’s because of the fact that “the wicked are like chaff which the winds drives away” that the end of the ungodly is the way that we have it portrayed in Psalm 1:5.
Psalm 1 5 Commentary: The Ungodly
The word translated “ungodly” in Psalm 1:4-5 is the same one in Psalm 1:1. And again, the idea is that these people are guilty ones. And so it’s no surprise that when they’re judged they won’t stand. Guilty people can’t escape judgment – especially when God the all-knowing one is the judge.
Psalm 1 5 Commentary: Eternal Judgement
And that gives away what I think this verse is talking about. You could read this verse and consider it to be speaking of a time on earth where the guilty will be judged. But I think it’s best to see it as speaking of the final judgment.
Psalm 1 5 Commentary: Standing in the Judgement
And so, because of the life characterized by fruitlessness – really, deadness – the wicked won’t stand in the judgment. They won’t prevail. They won’t be acquitted when they’re judged. They’ll be found guilty and condemned.
Psalm 1 5 Commentary: Standing in the Congregation of the Righteous
That just makes sense. What also makes sense is that sinners won’t stand in the congregation of the righteous. Why? Because they’re sinners and that’s the path they choose. They could be the blessed man in this psalm. But they refuse. And so when all the righteous are assembled – both in this life and in the one to come – these people won’t be found there.
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