Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
The third negative requirement to be blessed is to not sit in the seat of the scornful.
Here “sitteth” means “to sit down (as a judge, in ambush, in quite); by implication to dwell, to remain; causatively to settle, to marry”.
“In the seat” means “a seat, figuratively a site, abstractly a session, by extension an abode (the place or the time)”.
And “of the scornful” means “to make mouths at, that is, to scoff; hence (from the effort to pronounce a foreign language) to interpret, or (generally) to intercede”.
Today’s society seems to have fully embraced walking in the counsel of the ungodly and standing in the way of sinners. However, sadly, especially in the United States Of America, sitting in the seat of the scornful seems to have gone beyond being embraced and seems to me to have become a sport. I wonder if most people who do this even understand what they are doing and why. It has been made easy by the internet and social media sites; often with the “Mainstream Media” and other “national leaders” giving fodder to their followers.
I have attempted to have respectful dialogue with such people on Facebook, yet, no matter how many ways I try to start a real conversation instead of a name calling and insult war, they just refuse to engage in any real discussion about real issues with any facts, even misperceived facts. Even in real life, face-to-face, people will get suddenly outraged if you disagree with them, and their tirade of hatred and contempt begins; and most of them don’t even recognize what just happened to them. They are suddenly overcome and it just bursts forth.
Consider, please, “sitteth” (to sit) in this verse means to quietly sit down as a judge in ambush. It implies dwelling and remaining in this position and attitude. And causatively to settle or to marry.
Think about this. A person will quietly sit in judgment, waiting for the right opportunity to ambush another. The modern lingo here is that they will sit watching and waiting to be “triggered”, and then they will let loose proclaiming all kinds of vile and disgusting accusations against the one who would dare to disagree with them.
The thing here is not just a rare occurrence, but the person is sitting “in the seat“. They have placed themselves in the position to permanently live sitting as a judge, quietly waiting in ambush. They have spiritually and mentally taken up residence in such a position and attitude. Remember, they have placed themselves in the seat of a judge, where they decide and make proclamations concerning others; as in a court room.
However, their seat of judgment is one “of the scornful“. This is where civility seems to disappear and people go off the rails. “To make mouths at” is like verbally making faces at someone; and impolite and insulting faces at them; expressing disapproval, disdain, contempt, and even hatred. This is done often to such an intense degree that the person being attacked in such a way wonders if they are even speaking the same language. Two people from the same city can be speaking American English, and one be so accustomed to sitting in the seat of the scornful that he/she will sound as if they are speaking a whole different language because of their attitude and vehemence. I would assert that such a person has lived life so long sitting in the seat of the scornful that they are now fulfilling the spiritual side of this Scripture.
Remember, part of the definition of “sitteth” is causatively “to settle, to marry”. To be causative is to cause an effect. The effect here is that the one doing the sitting has done so to the point that they have settled into the position of believing they are rightfully the judge of others, particularly of those who do not submit to their point of view. They have become married to (become one with) judging others and accusing them in a contemptuous, disdainful, and insolent manner, void of any regard for honor, integrity, or civility. Does this sound like someone you have heard of? Someone referred to in Revelation as the accuser of the brethren?
A person who sits in the seat of the scornful, knowingly or unknowingly, has wed (married, become one with in unity and purpose) themselves to the accuser of the brethren; has become one with Satan, the Adversary of all that is godly, and all that is of Almighty GOD, including His Children. Satan’s very words, spoken by a human being, now carry weight as testimony in the Courts of Heaven where Satan can use them to accuse people before Almighty GOD. Their evil words are also spoken according to their faith, according to what they believe in their hearts, and thus carry spiritual power. These evil words spoken in true belief by one who sits in the seat of the scornful now seek to be prophetic, to be obedient to the one who spoke them in faith (truly believing them) and force themselves to come to pass in the lives of those to whom and over whom they have been spoken.
Like a child who from a young age is told “you are stupid”, the words slowly thread themselves around the spirit and soul of the child until the child is bound spiritually and mentally to the belief that they indeed are stupid, and they begin to believe and behave as though they truly are stupid; even if they are in fact brilliant, they will behave as though they are stupid. This may take weeks, or months, or even years, but the words will eventually become a strong enough rope to bind them to stupidity. It is the same way with the words of one who sits in the seat of the scornful. It is an assault from the spiritual realm that seeks to enforce itself on the mental and physical realms.
This is why we need our LORD Jesus Christ to be our Advocate; to stand against such accusations and attacks. This is why we need Holy Spirit to teach us and guide us according to the Way of our LORD Jesus Christ. This is why we need to listen to the voice of our Abba Father speaking to us through his people walking in love, and through His Holy WORD, and through the still small voice to our hearts.
All Holy Scripture is given in the King James Version, 1769.
Definitions of Hebrew into English come from The Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.
Further definitions of English words comes from The Webster’s Dictionary Of American English, 1828.