This book contains songs that the Israeli people sang. We call this book
The people God is pleased with
1 God is pleased with those who do not do what [MET] wicked people advise them to do,
and who do not imitate the behavior of [MET] sinful people,
and who do not join in with people who ◄ridicule/sneer at► God.
2 Those whom God is pleased with delight in doing the things that he has instructed/taught us to do.
They read and think about Yahweh’s requirements, day and night.
3 They constantly produce/do things that please God
just like fruit trees that have been planted along the banks of a stream produce fruit at the right time every year.
Like trees that never wither,
they succeed in everything that they do.
4 But wicked people are not like that!
Wicked people are as worthless as chaff
that is blown away by the wind.
5 Therefore, wicked people ◄will not be acquitted/will be condemned► [LIT] when God judges people,
and furthermore, sinful people will not even be present when God gathers righteous people together,
6 because he guides and protects righteous people,
but the path that the wicked walk on leads them to where they will be destroyed/punished by God forever.