Bible: Ps 37; 73
Psalm 37 1
37:1 By David.
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
Settle in the land and maintain your integrity! 5
37:4 Then you will take delight in the
and he will answer your prayers. 7
37:5 Commit your future to the
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
Wait confidently 12 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!
but those who rely on the
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 godly 21
and viciously attack them. 22
37:13 The Lord laughs in disgust 23 at them,
for he knows that their day is coming. 24
37:14 Evil men draw their swords
and prepare their bows,
to bring down 25 the oppressed and needy,
and to slaughter those who are godly. 26
37:15 Their swords will pierce 27 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
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 But 35 evil men will die;
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
whose behavior he finds commendable. 43
37:25 I was once young, now I am old.
I have never seen a godly man abandoned,
37:26 All day long he shows compassion and lends to others, 49
and his children 50 are blessed.
37:27 Turn away from evil! Do what is right! 51
Then you will enjoy lasting security. 52
37:28 For the
and never abandons 54 his faithful followers.
They are permanently secure, 55
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
their 60 feet do not slip.
37:32 Evil men set an ambush for the godly
and try to kill them. 61
37:33 But the
or allow them to be condemned in a court of law. 62
Then he will permit you 65 to possess the land;
you will see the demise of evil men. 66
37:35 I have seen ruthless evil men 67
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
he protects them in times of trouble. 75
he rescues them from evil men and delivers them, 76
for they seek his protection.
The Creation of the World
1:2 Now 5 the earth 6 was without shape and empty, 7 and darkness 8 was over the surface of the watery deep, 9 but the Spirit of God 10 was moving 11 over the surface 12 of the water. 13 1:3 God said, 14 “Let there be 15 light.” 16 And there was light! 1:4 God saw 17 that the light was good, 18 so God separated 19 the light from the darkness. 1:5 God called 20 the light “day” and the darkness 21 “night.” There was evening, and there was morning, marking the first day. 22
1:6 God said, “Let there be an expanse 23 in the midst of the waters and let it separate water 24 from water. 1:7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. 25 It was so. 26 1:8 God called the expanse “sky.” 27 There was evening, and there was morning, a second day.
1:9 God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place 28 and let dry ground appear.” 29 It was so. 1:10 God called the dry ground “land” 30 and the gathered waters he called “seas.” God saw that it was good.
1:11 God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: 31 plants yielding seeds according to their kinds, 32 and 33 trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.” It was so. 1:12 The land produced vegetation – plants yielding seeds according to their kinds, and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. God saw that it was good. 1:13 There was evening, and there was morning, a third day.
1:14 God said, “Let there be lights 34 in the expanse 35 of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them be signs 36 to indicate seasons and days and years, 1:15 and let them serve as lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” It was so. 1:16 God made two great lights 37 – the greater light to rule over the day and the lesser light to rule over the night. He made the stars also. 38 1:17 God placed the lights 39 in the expanse of the sky to shine on the earth, 1:18 to preside over the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. 40 God saw that it was good. 1:19 There was evening, and there was morning, a fourth day.
1:20 God said, “Let the water swarm with swarms 41 of living creatures and let birds fly 42 above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” 1:21 God created the great sea creatures 43 and every living and moving thing with which the water swarmed, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. God saw that it was good. 1:22 God blessed them 44 and said, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” 45 1:23 There was evening, and there was morning, a fifth day.
1:24 God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: cattle, creeping things, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” 46 It was so. 1:25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the cattle according to their kinds, and all the creatures that creep along the ground according to their kinds. God saw that it was good.
1:26 Then God said, “Let us make 47
humankind 48 in our image, after our likeness, 49 so they may rule 50 over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, 51 and over all the creatures that move 52 on the earth.”
1:27 God created humankind 53 in his own image,
in the image of God he created them, 54
male and female he created them. 55
1:28 God blessed 56 them and said 57 to them, “Be fruitful and multiply! Fill the earth and subdue it! 58 Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every creature that moves on the ground.” 59 1:29 Then God said, “I now 60 give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the entire earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 61 1:30 And to all the animals of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to all the creatures that move on the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give 62 every green plant for food.” It was so.
1:31 God saw all that he had made – and it was very good! 63 There was evening, and there was morning, the sixth day.