Psalm 37:17
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New International Version
for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.

New Living Translation
For the strength of the wicked will be shattered, but the LORD takes care of the godly.

English Standard Version
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.

New American Standard Bible
For the arms of the wicked will be broken, But the LORD sustains the righteous.

King James Bible
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the arms of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD supports the righteous.

International Standard Version
For the arms of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.

NET Bible
for evil men will lose their power, but the LORD sustains the godly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because the arms of the wicked will be broken; Lord Jehovah supports the righteous.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The arms of wicked people will be broken, but the LORD continues to support righteous people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.

King James 2000 Bible
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholds the righteous.

American King James Version
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholds the righteous.

American Standard Version
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken; But Jehovah upholdeth the righteous.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken in pieces; but the Lord strengtheneth the just.

Darby Bible Translation
for the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but Jehovah upholdeth the righteous.

English Revised Version
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.

World English Bible
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but Yahweh upholds the righteous.

Young's Literal Translation
For the arms of the wicked are shivered, And Jehovah is sustaining the righteous.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

37:7-20 Let us be satisfied that God will make all to work for good to us. Let us not discompose ourselves at what we see in this world. A fretful, discontented spirit is open to many temptations. For, in all respects, the little which is allotted to the righteous, is more comfortable and more profitable than the ill-gotten and abused riches of ungodly men. It comes from a hand of special love. God provides plentifully and well, not only for his working servants, but for his waiting servants. They have that which is better than wealth, peace of mind, peace with God, and then peace in God; that peace which the world cannot give, and which the world cannot have. God knows the believer's days. Not one day's work shall go unrewarded. Their time on earth is reckoned by days, which will soon be numbered; but heavenly happiness shall be for ever. This will be a real support to believers in evil times. Those that rest on the Rock of ages, have no reason to envy the wicked the support of their broken reeds.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - For the arms of the wicked shall be broken (scrap. Psalm 10:15). The wicked shall be disabled from doing more mischief. If not slain outright, they shall return from the combats that they have provoked with shattered weapons (ver. 15) and damaged persons. But the Lord up-holdeth the righteous. Their adversaries in the encounters.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,.... That is, their sword arm, with which they have drawn it; and so shall not be able to strike with it; and with which they have bent their bows, but shall not be able to shoot: and this proves, what is before suggested, that their efforts shall be fruitless; or their substance shall be taken away from them, in which they trusted, and wherein their strength lay; and this confirms what had been just spoken, that the righteous man's little is better than the wicked man's much; and which is further confirmed by what follows;

but the Lord upholdeth the righteous; both in a providential way, by supporting them in their being, supplying their need, preserving them from dangers, and bearing them up under all their afflictions; and in a spiritual way, by maintaining the principle of grace and life in them, by furnishing them with all spiritual blessings, by sustaining them in times of temptation, and by securing them safe from their enemies; upholding them so as that they stand in the grace of God now, and shall stand before Christ with confidence hereafter; and shall not fall here finally and totally, nor in the day of judgment. The Targum is, "the Word of the Lord upholdeth the righteous".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. Even the members of the body needed to hold weapons are destroyed.

Psalm 37:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Don't Fret Because of Evildoers
16Better is the little of the righteous Than the abundance of many wicked. 17For the arms of the wicked will be broken, But the LORD sustains the righteous. 18The LORD knows the days of the blameless, And their inheritance will be forever.…
Cross References
Job 38:15
The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken.

Psalm 10:15
Break the arm of the wicked man; call the evildoer to account for his wickedness that would not otherwise be found out.

Psalm 41:12
Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever.

Psalm 54:4
Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.

Psalm 71:6
From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother's womb. I will ever praise you.

Psalm 119:116
Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.

Psalm 145:14
The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

Ezekiel 30:21
"Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt. It has not been bound up to be healed or put in a splint so that it may become strong enough to hold a sword.
Treasury of Scripture

For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholds the righteous.

arms

Psalm 10:15 Break you the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness …

Job 38:15 And from the wicked their light is withheld, and the high arm shall be broken.

Ezekiel 30:21-25 Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and, …

Lord

Psalm 37:24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholds …

Psalm 41:12 And as for me, you uphold me in my integrity, and set me before your …

Psalm 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation; and uphold me with your free spirit.

Psalm 63:8 My soul follows hard after you: your right hand upholds me.

Psalm 119:116,117 Uphold me according to your word, that I may live: and let me not …

Psalm 145:14 The LORD upholds all that fall, and raises up all those that be bowed down.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

Isaiah 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; …

Jude 1:24 Now to him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present …

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