Psalm 37:20
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New International Version
But the wicked will perish: Though the LORD's enemies are like the flowers of the field, they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.

New Living Translation
But the wicked will die. The LORD's enemies are like flowers in a field--they will disappear like smoke.

English Standard Version
But the wicked will perish; the enemies of the LORD are like the glory of the pastures; they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.

New American Standard Bible
But the wicked will perish; And the enemies of the LORD will be like the glory of the pastures, They vanish-- like smoke they vanish away.

King James Bible
But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the wicked will perish; the LORD's enemies, like the glory of the pastures, will fade away-- they will fade away like smoke.

International Standard Version
Indeed, the wicked will perish. The LORD's enemies will be consumed like flowers in the fields. They will vanish like smoke.

NET Bible
But evil men will die; the LORD's enemies will be incinerated--they will go up in smoke.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because the wicked perish and the fattened enemies of Lord Jehovah are finished and like smoke they disappear.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But wicked people will disappear. The LORD's enemies will vanish like the best part of a meadow. They will vanish like smoke.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Caph But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD as the fattest of rams shall be consumed; as smoke they shall fade away.

King James 2000 Bible
But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall vanish; into smoke shall they vanish away.

American King James Version
But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

American Standard Version
But the wicked shall perish, And the enemies of Jehovah shall be as the fat of lambs: They shall consume; In smoke shall they consume away.

Douay-Rheims Bible
because the wicked shall perish. And the enemies of the Lord, presently after they shall be honoured and exalted, shall come to nothing and vanish like smoke.

Darby Bible Translation
For the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of Jehovah shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume, like smoke shall they consume away.

English Revised Version
But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the excellency of the pastures: they shall consume; in smoke shall they consume away.

Webster's Bible Translation
But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

World English Bible
But the wicked shall perish. The enemies of Yahweh shall be like the beauty of the fields. They will vanish-- vanish like smoke.

Young's Literal Translation
But the wicked perish, and the enemies of Jehovah, As the preciousness of lambs, Have been consumed, In smoke they have been consumed.
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 20. - But the wicked shall perish (comp. vers. 2, 9, 10, 15, 36); literally, for the wicked shall perish. The happiness of the righteous cannot be complete until the wicked are removed out of their way; since, so long as they continue in the world, they will be ever vexing the righteous and troubling them (Psalm 56:1). And the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs. So, many of the old commentators, as Aquila, Kimchi, and others; and among moderns, Rosenmuller, and Professor Alexander. But the bulk of recent critics translate, as the excellency of the pastures (Hupfeld, Kay, Hengstenberg, Canon Cook, Cheyne, Revised Version); i.e. the rich herbage which is burnt up by the heat of summer (comp. ver. 2). Both translations seem to be tenable; but the latter is perhaps preferable, since the consumption of the fat of lambs upon the altar is connected with the idea, not of rejection, but of acceptance. Into smoke shall they consume away (comp. Psalm 102:3).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But the wicked shall perish,.... In a time of famine, in an evil day, and particularly at the day of judgment: for this is to be understood, not merely of being in bodily distress and want; nor of perishing by death, common to the righteous and the wicked; nor of being in a lost perishing condition, as all men by nature are, but of eternal perdition in hell;

and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs, they shall consume; that is, either they shall consume away as the fat of lambs burnt upon the altar, which evaporates, or as lambs fattened on purpose to be killed, and so prepared for the day of slaughter; in like manner the wicked, who have waxed fat and kicked, will be destroyed; they being the enemies of God, yea, enmity to him, to Father, Son, and Spirit, to the Gospel and ordinances of Christ, and to his people, and will be treated as such. Some render the word, "like the excellency of pastures" (s); the grass of the field, which is cut down and withers presently; see Psalm 37:2;

into smoke shall they consume away, or "with" (t) it; that is, as it; see Psalm 68:1; or "in smoke" (u); in the smoke of eternal torments, or hell, as the Targum.

(s) "sicut pretiosum pratorum", Muis; so some in Piscator; "vel gloria", Michaelis. (t) "cum fumo", Gejerus, Tigurine version; so Ainsworth. (u) "In fumo", Montanus, Musculus, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. While the wicked, however mighty, are destroyed, and that utterly, as smoke which vanishes and leaves no trace.

Psalm 37:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Don't Fret Because of Evildoers
19They will not be ashamed in the time of evil, And in the days of famine they will have abundance. 20But the wicked will perish; And the enemies of the LORD will be like the glory of the pastures, They vanish-- like smoke they vanish away. 21The wicked borrows and does not pay back, But the righteous is gracious and gives.…
Cross References
Psalm 18:37
I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.

Psalm 37:38
But all sinners will be destroyed; there will be no future for the wicked.

Psalm 68:2
May you blow them away like smoke-- as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God.

Psalm 73:27
Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.

Psalm 92:9
For surely your enemies, LORD, surely your enemies will perish; all evildoers will be scattered.

Psalm 102:3
For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn like glowing embers.
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But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

But the

Psalm 68:2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melts before …

Psalm 92:9 For, see, your enemies, O LORD, for, see, your enemies shall perish; …

Judges 5:31 So let all your enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him …

Luke 13:3,5 I tell you, No: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish…

2 Peter 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, …

as the fat of lambs [heb.] preciousness. That is, as the fat was wholly consumed in sacrifices, by the fire on the altar, so the wicked shall consume away in the fire of God's anger

Deuteronomy 33:14-16 And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the …

smoke

Psalm 102:3 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.

Genesis 19:28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land …

Leviticus 3:3-11,16 And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering …

Deuteronomy 29:20 The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his …

Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.

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