Psalms 37

He Will Not Forsake His Saints

This psalm is an acrostic poem, each stanza beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
Of David.

1 b  Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
be not c  envious of wrongdoers!
2For they will soon d  fade like e  the grass
and wither f  like the green herb.
3 g  Trust in the  Lord, and do good;
h  dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Or  and feed on faithfulness, or  and find safe pasture

4 j  Delight yourself in the  Lord,
and he will k  give you the desires of your heart.
5 l  Commit your way to the  Lord;
m  trust in him, and he will act.
6 n  He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as o  the noonday.
7 p  Be still before the  Lord and wait patiently for him;
q  fret not yourself over the one who r  prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices!
8 s  Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
t  Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
9 u  For the evildoers shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the  Lord shall v  inherit the land.
10 In w  just a little while, the wicked will be no more;
though you look carefully at x  his place, he will not be there.
11But y  the meek shall inherit the land
and delight themselves in z  abundant peace.
12 The wicked aa  plots against the righteous
and ab  gnashes his teeth at him,
13but the Lord ac  laughs at the wicked,
for he sees that his ad  day is coming.
14 The wicked draw the sword and ae  bend their bows
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose af  way is upright;
15their sword shall enter their own heart,
and their ag  bows shall be broken.
16 ah  Better is the little that the righteous has
than the abundance of many wicked.
17For ai  the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
but the  Lord aj  upholds the righteous.
18 The  Lord ak  knows the days of the blameless,
and their al  heritage will remain forever;
19they are not put to shame in evil times;
in am  the days of famine they have abundance.
20 But the wicked will perish;
the enemies of the  Lord are like an  the glory of the pastures;
they vanish—like ao  smoke they vanish away.
21 The wicked borrows but does not pay back,
but the righteous ap  is generous and gives;
22for those blessed by the  Lord
Hebrew  by him
shall ar  inherit the land,
but those cursed by him as  shall be cut off.
23 The at  steps of a man are au  established by the  Lord,
when he delights in his way;
24 av  though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
for the  Lord aw  upholds his hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or his children ax  begging for bread.
26He is ever ay  lending generously,
and his children become a blessing.
27 az  Turn away from evil and do good;
so shall you ba  dwell forever.
28For the  Lord bb  loves justice;
he will not forsake his bc  saints.
They are preserved forever,
but the children of the wicked shall be bd  cut off.
29The righteous shall inherit the land
and be  dwell upon it forever.
30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
and his tongue speaks justice.
31 bf  The law of his God is in his heart;
his bg  steps do not slip.
32 The wicked bh  watches for the righteous
and seeks to put him to death.
33The  Lord will not bi  abandon him to his power
or let him bj  be condemned when he is brought to trial.
34 bk  Wait for the  Lord and keep his way,
and he will exalt you to inherit the land;
you will look on bl  when the wicked are cut off.
35 bm  I have seen a wicked, ruthless man,
spreading himself like bn  a green laurel tree.
The identity of this tree is uncertain

36But he passed away,
Or  But one passed by
and behold bq  he was no more;
though I sought him, he could not be found.
37 Mark the blameless and behold the upright,
for there is a future for the man of br  peace.
38But bs  transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;
the future of the wicked bt  shall be cut off.
39 bu  The salvation of the righteous is from the  Lord;
he is their stronghold in bv  the time of trouble.
40The  Lord helps them and bw  delivers them;
bx  he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they by  take refuge in him.
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