Psalm 37:1
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New International Version
Of David. Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;

New Living Translation
A psalm of David. Don't worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong.

English Standard Version
Of David. Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers!

New American Standard Bible
A Psalm of David. Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers.

King James Bible
A Psalm of David. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Davidic. Do not be agitated by evildoers; do not envy those who do wrong.

International Standard Version
Don't be angry because of those who do evil, do not be jealous because of those who commit iniquity.

NET Bible
By David. Do not fret when wicked men seem to succeed! Do not envy evildoers!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not emulate the wicked neither envy the workers of evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[By David.] Do not be preoccupied with evildoers. Do not envy those who do wicked things.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Aleph Do not be angry with the evildoers, neither be thou envious of the workers of iniquity.

King James 2000 Bible
Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be you envious of the workers of iniquity.

American King James Version
Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be you envious against the workers of iniquity.

American Standard Version
Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, Neither be thou envious against them that work unrighteousness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A psalm for David himself. Be not emulous of evildoers; nor envy them that work iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
{[A Psalm] of David.} Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, and be not envious of them that work unrighteousness;

English Revised Version
A Psalm of David. Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, neither be thou envious against them that work unrighteousness.

Webster's Bible Translation
A Psalm of David. Fret not thyself because of evil doers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

World English Bible
Don't fret because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness.

Young's Literal Translation
By David. Do not fret because of evil doers, Be not envious against doers of iniquity,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

37:1-6 When we look abroad we see the world full of evil-doers, that flourish and live in ease. So it was seen of old, therefore let us not marvel at the matter. We are tempted to fret at this, to think them the only happy people, and so we are prone to do like them: but this we are warned against. Outward prosperity is fading. When we look forward, with an eye of faith, we shall see no reason to envy the wicked. Their weeping and wailing will be everlasting. The life of religion is a believing trust in the Lord, and diligent care to serve him according to his will. It is not trusting God, but tempting him, if we do not make conscience of our duty to him. A man's life consists not in abundance, but, Thou shalt have food convenient for thee. This is more than we deserve, and it is enough for one that is going to heaven. To delight in God is as much a privilege as a duty. He has not promised to gratify the appetites of the body, and the humours of the fancy, but the desires of the renewed, sanctified soul. What is the desire of the heart of a good man? It is this, to know, and love, and serve God. Commit thy way unto the Lord; roll thy way upon the Lord, so the margin reads it. Cast thy burden upon the Lord, the burden of thy care. We must roll it off ourselves, not afflict and perplex ourselves with thoughts about future events, but refer them to God. By prayer spread thy case and all thy cares before the Lord, and trust in him. We must do our duty, and then leave the event with God. The promise is very sweet: He shall bring that to pass, whatever it is, which thou has committed to him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - Fret not thyself because of evildoers. According to Aristotle, we have a special emotion implanted in our nature - νέμεσις - which causes us to "fret" when we witness undeserved prosperity ('Rhet.,' 2:9, § 1). Certainly the feeling is very common and very strong; it is also characteristic of the best natures (see Psalm 73:3-14; Job 21:7-15; Jeremiah 12:1, 2; Malachi 3:15). The feeling does not need to be eradicated, but only to be held in check. Faith in God's retributive justice will enable us calmly to await "the end" (Psalm 73:17), in full assurance that ultimately God's vengeance will overtake the wicked man, and he will receive condign punishment. Neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. Envy is not a natural passion. To envy the evil-doers on account of their prosperity is at once a folly and a danger. Their position is really not enviable; and, if we allow ourselves to envy them, we shall be tempted to follow their example (see Proverbs 24:1).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Fret not thyself because of evildoers,.... The saints may be grieved at them and for them, because of their evil doings, and may be angry with them for them; yet are not to show any undue warmth, at least in an indecent way, by calling them opprobrious names; for the words may be rendered, "do not show thyself warm" or "angry" (i): in a sinful way; or fret not at their outward prosperity, as it is explained Psalm 37:7. The Targum adds, "to be like them", which agrees with Psalm 37:8;

neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity; that is, at their present temporal happiness; see Psalm 73:3. The Targum adds, as before, to be joined with them; which sense some parallel places seem to incline to, Proverbs 3:31.

(i) "ne accendaris ira", Junius & Tremellius; "ne exardescas", Gejerus, Michaelis.

The Treasury of David

1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

Psalm 37:1

The Psalm opens with the first precept. It is alas! too common for believers in their hours of adversity to think themselves harshly dealt with when they see persons utterly destitute of religion and honesty, rejoicing in abundant prosperity. Much needed is the command, "Fret not thyself because of evildoers." To fret is to worry, to have the heart-burn, to fume, to become vexed. Nature is very apt to kindle a fire of jealousy when it sees law-breakers riding on horses, and obedient subjects walking in the mire: it is a lesson learned only in the school of grace, when one comes to view the most paradoxical providences with the devout complacency of one who is sure that the Lord is righteous in all his acts. It seems hard to carnal judgments that the best meat should go to the dogs, while loving children pine for want of it. "Neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity." The same advice under another shape. When one is poor, despised, and in deep trial, our old Adam naturally becomes envious of the rich and great; and when we are conscious that we have been more righteous than they, the devil is sure to be at hand with blasphemous reasonings. Stormy weather may curdle even the cream of humanity. Evil men instead of being envied, are to be viewed with horror and aversion; yet their loaded tables, and gilded trappings, are too apt to fascinate our poor haft-opened eyes. Who envies the fat bullock the ribbons and garlands which decorate him as he is led to the shambles? Yet the case is a parallel one; for ungodly rich men are but as beasts fattened for the slaughter.

Psalm 37:2

"For they shall soon be cut down like the grass." The scythe of death is sharpening. Green grows the grass, but quick comes the scythe. The destruction of the ungodly will be speedy, sudden, sure, overwhelming, irretrievable. The grass cannot resist or escape the mower. "And wither as the green herb." The beauty of the herb dries up at once in the heat of the sun, and so all the glory of the wicked shall disappear at the hour of death. Death kills the ungodly man like grass, and wrath withers him like hay; he dies, and his name rots. How complete an end is made of the man whose boasts had no end! Is it worth while to waste ourselves in fretting about the insect of an hour, an ephemera which in the same day is born and dies? Within believers there is a living and incorruptible seed which liveth and abideth for ever; why should they envy mere flesh, and the glory of it, which are but as grass, and the flower thereof?

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

PSALM 37

Ps 37:1-40. A composed and uniform trust in God and a constant course of integrity are urged in view of the blessedness of the truly pious, contrasted in various aspects with the final ruin of the wicked. Thus the wisdom and justice of God's providence are vindicated, and its seeming inequalities, which excite the cavils of the wicked and the distrust of the pious, are explained. David's personal history abundantly illustrates the Psalm.

1, 2. The general sentiment of the whole Psalm is expressed. The righteous need not be vexed by the prosperity of the wicked; for it is transient, and their destiny undesirable.

Psalm 37:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Don't Fret Because of Evildoers
1A Psalm of David. Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers. 2For they will wither quickly like the grass And fade like the green herb.…
Cross References
Psalm 37:7
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Psalm 73:3
For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Proverbs 3:31
Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways.

Proverbs 23:17
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.

Proverbs 24:1
Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company;

Proverbs 24:19
Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked,
Treasury of Scripture

Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be you envious against the workers of iniquity.

(Title.) This is the third alphabetical Psalm. It seems to have been intended as an instructive and consoling ode for the captives in Babylon, who might feel themselves severely tempted when they saw those idolaters in prosperity, and themselves in adversity.

Fret

Psalm 37:1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be you envious against …

1 Samuel 1:6-8 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because …

Proverbs 19:3 The foolishness of man perverts his way: and his heart frets against the LORD.

Proverbs 24:1,19 Be not you envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them…

neither

Psalm 73:3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Proverbs 3:31 Envy you not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

Proverbs 23:17 Let not your heart envy sinners: but be you in the fear of the LORD …

Galatians 5:21 Contentions, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the …

James 4:5,6 Do you think that the scripture said in vain, The spirit that dwells …

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