Psalms 37

Psalm 371

By David.

37:1 Do not fret2 when wicked men seem to succeed!3

Do not envy evildoers!

37:2 For they will quickly dry up like grass,

and wither away like plants.4

37:3 Trust in the Lord and do what is right!

Settle in the land and maintain your integrity!5

37:4 Then you will take delight in the Lord,6

and he will answer your prayers.7

37:5 Commit your future to the Lord!8

Trust in him, and he will act on your behalf.9

37:6 He will vindicate you in broad daylight,

and publicly defend your just cause.10

37:7 Wait patiently for the Lord!11

Wait confidently12 for him!

Do not fret over the apparent success of a sinner,13

a man who carries out wicked schemes!

37:8 Do not be angry and frustrated!14

Do not fret! That only leads to trouble!

37:9 Wicked men15 will be wiped out,16

but those who rely on the Lord are the ones who will possess the land.17

37:10 Evil men will soon disappear;18

you will stare at the spot where they once were, but they will be gone.19

37:11 But the oppressed will possess the land

and enjoy great prosperity.20

37:12 Evil men plot against the godly21

and viciously attack them.22

37:13 The Lord laughs in disgust23 at them,

for he knows that their day is coming.24

37:14 Evil men draw their swords

and prepare their bows,

to bring down25 the oppressed and needy,

and to slaughter those who are godly.26

37:15 Their swords will pierce27 their own hearts,

and their bows will be broken.

37:16 The little bit that a godly man owns is better than

the wealth of many evil men,28

37:17 for evil men will lose their power,29

but the Lord sustains30 the godly.

37:18 The Lord watches over the innocent day by day31

and they possess a permanent inheritance.32

37:19 They will not be ashamed when hard times come;33

when famine comes they will have enough to eat.34

37:20 But35 evil men will die;

the Lord’s enemies will be incinerated36

they will go up in smoke.37

37:21 Evil men borrow, but do not repay their debt,

but the godly show compassion and are generous.38

37:22 Surely39 those favored by the Lord40 will possess the land,

but those rejected41 by him will be wiped out.42

37:23 The Lord grants success to the one

whose behavior he finds commendable.43

37:24 Even if44 he trips, he will not fall headlong,45

for the Lord holds46 his hand.

37:25 I was once young, now I am old.

I have never seen a godly man abandoned,

or his children47 forced to search for food.48

37:26 All day long he shows compassion and lends to others,49

and his children50 are blessed.

37:27 Turn away from evil! Do what is right!51

Then you will enjoy lasting security.52

37:28 For the Lord promotes53 justice,

and never abandons54 his faithful followers.

They are permanently secure,55

but the children56 of evil men are wiped out.57

37:29 The godly will possess the land

and will dwell in it permanently.

37:30 The godly speak wise words

and promote justice.58

37:31 The law of their God controls their thinking;59

their60 feet do not slip.

37:32 Evil men set an ambush for the godly

and try to kill them.61

37:33 But the Lord does not surrender the godly,

or allow them to be condemned in a court of law.62

37:34 Rely63 on the Lord! Obey his commands!64

Then he will permit you65 to possess the land;

you will see the demise of evil men.66

37:35 I have seen ruthless evil men67

growing in influence, like a green tree grows in its native soil.68

37:36 But then one passes by, and suddenly they have disappeared!69

I looked for them, but they could not be found.

37:37 Take note of the one who has integrity! Observe the godly!70

For the one who promotes peace has a future.71

37:38 Sinful rebels are totally destroyed;72

evil men have no future.73

37:39 But the Lord delivers the godly;74

he protects them in times of trouble.75

37:40 The Lord helps them and rescues them;

he rescues them from evil men and delivers them,76

for they seek his protection.

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