Psalm 37:3
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New International Version
Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

New Living Translation
Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.

English Standard Version
Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.

New American Standard Bible
Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.

King James Bible
Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Trust in the LORD and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely.

International Standard Version
Trust in the LORD and do good. Dwell in the land and feed on faithfulness.

NET Bible
Trust in the LORD and do what is right! Settle in the land and maintain your integrity!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Hope in God and do good, dwell in the land and seek faithfulness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Trust the LORD, and do good things. Live in the land, and practice being faithful.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Beth Wait in the LORD and do good; live in the land and uphold the truth.

King James 2000 Bible
Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and verily you shall be fed.

American King James Version
Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and truly you shall be fed.

American Standard Version
Trust in Jehovah, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on his faithfulness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Trust in the Lord, and do good, and dwell in the land, and thou shalt be fed with its riches.

Darby Bible Translation
Confide in Jehovah, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on faithfulness;

English Revised Version
Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and follow after faithfulness.

Webster's Bible Translation
Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

World English Bible
Trust in Yahweh, and do good. Dwell in the land, and enjoy safe pasture.

Young's Literal Translation
Trust in Jehovah, and do good, Dwell in the land, and enjoy faithfulness,
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 3. - Trust in the Lord, and do good. Notwithstanding any difficulty which the prosperity of the wicked causes thee, trust thou still in the Lord; be sure that his providence watches over thee, and endeavour still to serve him by "doing good." So shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed; rather, dwell in the land, and feed on faithfulness (Kay); i.e. remain where thou art, and be satisfied with the thought of God's faithfulness. Feed on this.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Trust in the Lord,.... Not in men, who are fading and perishing like the green grass and tender herb; nor in riches, which are very uncertain things; but in the Lord, in whom is everlasting strength; and with whom are riches and honour, yea, durable riches and righteousness; trust in him both for things temporal and spiritual, for soul and body, for time and eternity; the way to have peace and quietness of mind under all dispensations is to exercise faith on a promising God. The Targum is, "trust in the Word of the Lord", in the essential Word of God, the promised Messiah;

and do good; in general, all good actions, in faith, and as the fruits and effects of it, without trusting to them, but in the Lord; doing them in his strength, and with a view to his glory; or in particular, acts of beneficence to the poor, to which the encouragement follows;

so shalt thou dwell in the land; either in the land of Canaan, a continuance in which depended upon the obedience of the people of the Jews to the commands of God; see Isaiah 1:19; or rather in the good land which is afar off, the heavenly and better country, which those that trust in the Lord, and have that faith in Christ which works by love, shall dwell in to all eternity;

and verily thou shalt be fed; either temporally, shall have food and raiment, even all the necessaries of life; or spiritually, with the word and ordinances, and with Christ the bread of life now; and hereafter shall be fed by him, the Lamb in the midst of the throne, and by him led to fountains of living water: some read the words as an exhortation, and render them, "feed truth" (k), that is, teach it, as Abraham taught his household, and as faithful pastors feed with knowledge and understanding; or "feed by faith" (l), as the just live by it; or, as the Targum renders it, "be strong in faith", as Abraham was, Romans 4:20; or rather, "feed upon truth" (m), the word of truth, the Gospel of salvation, and the several truths and doctrines of it, which are food for faith, and nourish up to everlasting life.

(k) "pasce veritatem", Pagninus, Montanus. (l) "Pascere fide", Junius & Tremellius, Cocceius. (m) "Pasce te veritate", Gejerus; "ut alimentum tuum", Gussetius, Ebr. Comment. p. 942. "feed on faith", Ainsworth.

The Treasury of David

3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily shalt be fed.

"Trust in the Lord." Here is the second precept, and one appropriate to the occasion. Faith cures fretting. Sight is cross-eyed, and views things only as they seem, hence her envy; faith has clearer optics to behold things as they really are, hence her peace. "And do good." True faith is actively obedient. Doing good is a fine remedy for fretting. There is a joy in holy activity which drives away the rust of discontent. "So shalt thou dwell in the land." In "the land" which floweth with milk and honey; the Canaan of the covenant. Thou shalt not wander in the wilderness of murmuring, but abide in the promised land of content and rest. "We which have believed do enter into rest." Very much of our outward depends upon the inward; where there is heaven in the heart there will be heaven in the house. "And verily thou shall be fed," or shepherded. To integrity and faith necessaries are guaranteed. The good shepherd will exercise his pastoral care over all believers. In truth they shall be fed, and fed on truth. The promise of God shall be their perpetual banquet; they shall neither lack in spirituals nor in temporals. Some read this as an exhortation, "Feed on truth;" certainly this is good cheer, and banishes for ever the hungry heart-burnings of envy.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. Trust—sure of safety.

shalt thou dwell—or, "dwell thou"; repose quietly.

verily … fed—or, "feed on truth," God's promise (Ps 36:5; compare Ho 12:1).

Psalm 37:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Don't Fret Because of Evildoers
2For they will wither quickly like the grass And fade like the green herb. 3Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. 4Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 30:20
and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Psalm 4:5
Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the LORD.

Psalm 62:8
Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Psalm 115:9
All you Israelites, trust in the LORD-- he is their help and shield.

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Isaiah 40:11
He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

Isaiah 57:13
When you cry out for help, let your collection of idols save you! The wind will carry all of them off, a mere breath will blow them away. But whoever takes refuge in me will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain."

Jeremiah 43:4
So Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers and all the people disobeyed the LORD's command to stay in the land of Judah.

Ezekiel 34:13
I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land.

Ezekiel 34:14
I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.
Treasury of Scripture

Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and truly you shall be fed.

Trust

Psalm 4:5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.

Psalm 26:1 Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in my integrity: I have trusted …

Isaiah 1:16-19 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before …

Isaiah 50:10 Who is among you that fears the LORD, that obeys the voice of his …

Jeremiah 17:7,8 Blessed is the man that trusts in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is…

1 Corinthians 15:57,58 But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord …

Hebrews 6:10-12 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

so shalt

Genesis 26:2 And the LORD appeared to him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell …

1 Samuel 26:19 Now therefore, I pray you, let my lord the king hear the words of …

Hebrews 11:13-16 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having …

verily [heb.] in truth, or stableness
be fed

Psalm 33:19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

Psalm 34:9,10 O fear the LORD, you his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him…

Matthew 6:31-33 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall …

Luke 22:35 And he said to them, When I sent you without purse, and money, and …

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