Psalms 37

Security of Those Who Trust in the  Lord, and Insecurity of the Wicked.

A Psalm of David.

a Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not b envious toward wrongdoers.
For they will c wither quickly like the grass
And d fade like the green herb.
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.
i Delight yourself in the  Lord;
And He will j give you the desires of your heart.
k Commit your way to the  Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
He will bring forth l your righteousness as the light
And your judgment m as the noonday.

Or Be still
Rest in the  Lord and o wait
Or longingly
patiently for Him;
q Do not fret because of him who r prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
Cease from anger and s forsake wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
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 perfect
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. flowers
glory of the pastures,
They vanishaq 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 hand
who 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
Lit seed
descendants begging bread.
26 All day long bd he is gracious and lends,
And be his
Lit seed
descendants are a blessing.

27  bg Depart from evil and do good,
Or And dwell forever
So you will abide bi forever.
28 For the  Lord bj loves
Lit judgment
And bl does not forsake His godly ones;
They are bm preserved forever,
But the
Lit seed
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 obscure
tree in its native soil.
36 Then
Ancient versions read I passed by
he 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 end
posterity 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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