Security of Those Who Trust in the Lord, and Insecurity of the Wicked.
A Psalm of David.1 a Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not b envious toward wrongdoers.
2 For they will c wither quickly like the grass
And d fade like the green herb.
3 e Trust in the Lord and do good;
f Dwell in the land and ▼
▼ Or feed securely or feed on His faithfulness, h cultivate faithfulness.
4 i Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will j give you the desires of your heart.
5 k Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
6 He will bring forth l your righteousness as the light
And your judgment m as the noonday.
▼ Or Be stillRest in the Lord and o wait ▼
▼ Or longinglypatiently for Him;
q Do not fret because of him who r prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
8 Cease from anger and s forsake wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
9 For t evildoers will be cut off,
But those who wait for the Lord, they will u inherit the land.
10 Yet v a little while and the wicked man will be no more;
And you will look carefully for w his place and he will not be there.
11 But x the humble will inherit the land
And will delight themselves in y abundant prosperity.
12 The wicked z plots against the righteous
And aa gnashes at him with his teeth.
13 The Lord ab laughs at him,
For He sees ac his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn the sword and ad bent their bow
To cast down the ae afflicted and the needy,
To af slay those who are upright in conduct.
15 Their sword will enter their own heart,
And their ag bows will be broken.
16 ah Better is the little of the righteous
Than the abundance of many wicked.
17 For the ai arms of the wicked will be broken,
But the Lord aj sustains the righteous.
18 The Lord ak knows the days of the ▼
▼ Lit complete; or perfectblameless,
And their am inheritance will be forever.
19 They will not be ashamed in the time of evil,
And an in the days of famine they will have abundance.
20 But the ao wicked will perish;
And the enemies of the Lord will be like the ▼
▼ I.e. flowersglory of the pastures,
They vanish— aq like smoke they vanish away.
21 The wicked borrows and does not pay back,
But the righteous ar is gracious and gives.
22 For as those blessed by Him will at inherit the land,
But those au cursed by Him will be cut off.
23 av The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
And He aw delights in his way.
24 When ax he falls, he will not be hurled headlong,
Because ay the Lord is the One ▼
▼ Or who sustains him with His handwho holds his hand.
25 I have been young and now I am old,
Yet ba I have not seen the righteous forsaken
Or bb his ▼ descendants begging bread.
26 All day long bd he is gracious and lends,
And be his ▼ descendants are a blessing.
27 bg Depart from evil and do good,
▼ Or And dwell foreverSo you will abide bi forever.
28 For the Lord bj loves ▼
▼ Lit judgmentjustice
And bl does not forsake His godly ones;
They are bm preserved forever,
But the ▼ , bo descendants of the wicked will be cut off.
29 The righteous will bp inherit the land
And bq dwell in it forever.
30 The mouth of the righteous br utters wisdom,
And his tongue bs speaks justice.
31 The bt law of his God is in his heart;
His bu steps do not slip.
32 The bv wicked spies upon the righteous
And bw seeks to kill him.
33 The Lord will bx not leave him in his hand
Or by let him be condemned when he is judged.
34 bz Wait for the Lord and keep His way,
And He will exalt you to inherit the land;
When the ca wicked are cut off, you will see it.
35 I have cb seen a wicked, violent man
Spreading himself like a cc luxuriant ▼
▼ Lit native; Heb obscuretree in its native soil.
36 Then ▼
▼ Ancient versions read I passed byhe passed away, and lo, he cf was no more;
I sought for him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the ▼
▼ Lit complete; or perfect, ch blameless man, and behold the ci upright;
For the man of peace will have a ▼
▼ Lit an end, ck posterity.
38 But transgressors will be altogether cl destroyed;
▼ Lit endposterity of the wicked will be cn cut off.
39 But the co salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
He is their strength cp in time of trouble.
40 cq The Lord helps them and delivers them;
He cr delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
Because they cs take refuge in Him.
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