Psalm One in the Mother Tongue

I love the Psalms and know quite a few of them by heart. Psalm one is a favorite of mine. It speaks of the wisdom of walking with the Lord in His ways and staying far from the wicked way. The following is Rabbie Burns interpretation of that wonderful Psalm.


The man, in life wherever plac’d,

Hath happiness in store,

Who walks not in the wicked’s way,

Nor learns their guilty lore!

Nor from the seat of scornful pride

Casts forth his eyes abroad,

But with humility and awe

Still walks before his God.

That man shall flourish like the trees,

Which by the streamlets grow;

The fruitful top is spread on high,

And firm the root below.

But he whose blossom buds in guilt

Shall to the ground be cast,

And, like the rootless stubble, tost

Before the sweeping blast,

For why? that God the good adore,

Hath giv’n them peace and rest,

But hath decreed that wicked men

Shall ne’er be truely blest.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deanna Schrayer
    May 16, 2012 @ 10:09:52

    Very well told! If more people could find these sort of translations it would be so much easier for them to understand the Bible, and therefore, become more interested in it. Thanks for sharing this Elizabeth!


  2. elizabeth
    May 16, 2012 @ 16:07:57

    I so agree Deanna. I absolutely love this paraphrase.


  3. ansuyo
    May 16, 2012 @ 21:05:21

    Wow! Again :) after all the crap I see that poses as poetry, it’s good to see something from a master. Good stuff -keep ‘em comin’. Angie


  4. elizabeth
    May 17, 2012 @ 15:03:14

    Thanks Angie, I love reading his work; especially aloud.


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