Sitting with Mockers

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. -Psalms 1:1

The words in the verse above should be mostly straightforward. A man that is blessed of God is one who doesn’t walk in the counsel of ungodly people, nor does he stand in the way of sinners. Yet, the last phrase, “nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” is a bit more cryptic.

What does it mean to sit in the seat of the scornful? Two main components should be noticed: the seat, and the scornful.

Laughed to scorn

The phrase “to laugh someone to scorn” is common in the Bible, occurring some 11 times by my count.

I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn. -Job 12:4

Using the Bible to define its own words in context, we can see above (and from several other verses) that to scorn someone is to mock them. And in this same vein of using the Bible to get meanings of words, here’s another helpful verse:

And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it. -Habakkuk 1:10

So a few more synonyms for scorn are: scoff, and deride.

Going back to our original verse, blessed is the man that does not sit in the seat of the scornful: that does not sit in the seat of mockers and scoffers.

Sitting in the seat

Sitting down in a seat could imply a variety of things; it could mean that we are spending time and being around those that are scorners of God and His ways. It implies a comfort: that we are sitting down and are at ease while doing it. It implies permanence: that we are not just passing through with scornful people, or that we didn’t just come upon them by chance, but that we have willfully and intentionally sat down and remain among scorners.

Combining the two phrases, we get a person who has made the choice to mock and scoff at God, His holy people, and His ways. In the Bible, scorn is almost always used in a context that is against people. One who sits in the seat of the scornful is one who mocks and makes fun of the righteous and the holy—those whom God loves.

I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation. -Jeremiah 15:17

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2 Responses to Sitting with Mockers

  1. Gloria says:

    Thanks. Very helpful! God Bless you.

  2. Everette says:

    After reading this, i still see that being around someone who mocks but yet your being in the way of Christinty can also be used by God the Lord to use u as a vessel of rigthtousness accoriding to his will for someone there that mocks, isnt that possible. People know i confess Christ where i sat and play chess, not ever one there is a U.S citizens and so some have different spirtual beliefs. Sometimes we decuss religion but sometimes there are some there that mock and scorn because of their understanding about the world and the things that has been given to them to put into question about what is been said to have come from God so they dont believe or some dont believe totally. I on the other hand believe 100% to the best of my ability and try to give attention to information from the Bible as being from God and relying of faith and the Holy Bible as the basic of my faith. So with that being said, Do you think I’m being unpleasing to God if i contiune to go there Once or Twice a week, being that this doesnt happen everytime and the same people doesnt always show.?

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