Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at sacred-texts.com
psa 1:1Blessed - The Hebrew words are very emphatical: O the blessedness of that man! Counsel - That doth not lead his life according to their counsel, or manner of living. Standeth - Which notes a more settled abode in it. Way - In their manner of conversation. Seat - Which notes a constant and resolved perseverance in their wicked courses. Scornful - Of those who make a mock of sin, and scoff at goodness and goodmen. Divers observe a gradation in this verse; the following clause still exceeding the former, for standing is more than walking, and sitting more than standing; and sinners in scripture use, are worse than the ungodly, and the scornful are the worst of sinners.
psa 1:2Day and night - Not seldom and slightly, but diligently, and constantly.
psa 1:3Whither - His happiness is not short and transitory, but, like those trees which are continually green and flourishing.
psa 1:4Ungodly - Their condition is far different. Chaff - They are restless and unquiet: their seeming felicity, hath no firm foundation, but quickly vanishes and flees away as chaff before the wind.
psa 1:5Not stand - Not endure the trial. Judgment - In the great and general judgment of the world.
psa 1:6Knoweth - He approves, loves, and delights in them, and therefore will recompence them. Perish - All their designs and courses shall come to nothing, and they shall perish with them.