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Book I (Pss. 1-41)

Book I opens, in Psalm 1, with words encouraging faithful meditation upon the Torah. The book continues in Psalm 2 with words of warning to the nations and their rulers to recognize the God of Israel as king over all. The psalms are framed (1:1 and 2:11) with the wisdom word ’ashre. Readers thus enter the Psalter with two guiding instructions for the path to wisdom: to diligently study and delight in the Torah and to acknowledge God as sovereign…

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