Bible: Psalm 37:1-40

Psalm 37 1 

37:1 By David.

Do not fret 2  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 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!

37:9 Wicked men 15  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 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 

but the Lord sustains 30  the godly.

37:18 The Lord watches over the innocent day by day 31 

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;

the Lord’s enemies will be incinerated 36 

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 Surely 39  those favored by the Lord 40  will possess the land,

but those rejected 41  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 if 44  he trips, he will not fall headlong, 45 

for the Lord holds 46  his hand.

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

I have never seen a godly man abandoned,

or his children 47  forced to search for food. 48 

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 Lord promotes 53  justice,

and never abandons 54  his faithful followers.

They are permanently secure, 55 

but the children 56  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 

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 Lord does not surrender the godly,

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

37:34 Rely 63  on the Lord! Obey his commands! 64 

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 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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