How bless'd are they

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How bless'd are they who, fearing God,
from sin restrain their feet,
who will not with the wicked stand,
who shun the scorner's seat.

How blessed are they who make God's law
their treasure and delight,
and meditate upon that word
with gladness day and night.

Their lives are nourished like a tree
set by the river's side -
its leaf is green, its fruit is sure,
so all their works abide.

The wicked, like the driven chaff,
are blown across the land.  
They shall not gather with the just,
nor in the judgment stand.

The way of sinners, far from God,
shall surely be overthrown.  
But God will guard the righteous well;
their way is watched and known.

#525 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  based on Psalm 1, Psalter, 1912, alt.
   Tune:  "Dunfermline," The CL Psalmes of David, 1615

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