Psalm 37:37
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New International Version
Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace.

New Living Translation
Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.

English Standard Version
Mark the blameless and behold the upright, for there is a future for the man of peace.

New American Standard Bible
Mark the blameless man, and behold the upright; For the man of peace will have a posterity.

King James Bible
Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Watch the blameless and observe the upright, for the man of peace will have a future.

International Standard Version
Observe the blameless! Take note of the upright! Indeed, the future of that man is peace.

NET Bible
Take note of the one who has integrity! Observe the godly! For the one who promotes peace has a future.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Keep perfection and choose integrity, because there is a good end for men of peace.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Notice the innocent person, and look at the decent person, because the peacemaker has a future.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Schin Mark the perfect, and behold the upright, for the end of each one of them is peace.

King James 2000 Bible
Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

American King James Version
Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

American Standard Version
Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; For there is a happy end to the man of peace.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Keep innocence, and behold justice : for there are remnants for the peaceable man.

Darby Bible Translation
Mark the perfect, and behold the upright, for the end of [that] man is peace;

English Revised Version
Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the latter end of that man is peace.

Webster's Bible Translation
Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

World English Bible
Mark the perfect man, and see the upright, for there is a future for the man of peace.

Young's Literal Translation
Observe the perfect, and see the upright, For the latter end of each is peace.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

37:34-40 Duty is ours, and we must mind it; but events are God's, we must refer the disposal of them to him. What a striking picture is in ver. 35,36, of many a prosperous enemy of God! But God remarkably blights the projects of the prosperous wicked, especially persecutors. None are perfect in themselves, but believers are so in Christ Jesus. If all the saint's days continue dark and cloudy, his dying day may prove comfortable, and his sun set bright; or, if it should set under a cloud, yet his future state will be everlasting peace. The salvation of the righteous will be the Lord's doing. He will help them to do their duties, to bear their burdens; help them to bear their troubles well, and get good by them, and, in due time, will deliver them out of their troubles. Let sinners then depart from evil, and do good; repent of and forsake sin, and trust in the mercy of God through Jesus Christ. Let them take his yoke upon them, and learn of him, that they may dwell for evermore in heaven. Let us mark the closing scenes of different characters, and always depend on God's mercy.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 37. - Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace. This translation is much disputed. Most ancients and many moderns render the first line, "Keep innocency, and observe uprightness," while some critics maintain that acharith in the second line must mean "posterity," and not "end." Others, again, join shalom to ish, and render, "There shall be posterity (or, a future) to the man of peace." However, the rendering of the Authorized Version is retained by our Revisers, and accepted in part by Hengstenberg and Dr. Kay, while it has the complete approval of Canon Cook.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Mark the perfect man,.... None are so in themselves, not the most holy man upon earth; for though all grace is implanted at once in regeneration, the seed of grace of every kind is cast into the heart at once; yet it opens and spreads, and gradually increases; nor is any grace in its exercise perfect; not faith, nor hope, nor love: sin is in the best of men, and all stand in need of fresh supplies of grace. None of the saints ever affirmed that they had arrived to perfection, but have disclaimed it: one saint may indeed attain to a greater degree of grace and knowledge than another, and in a comparative sense be perfect; and there is a perfection of parts, though not of degrees, in all; the new man is formed in all its parts, though these are not grown to their full perfection: and whereas perfection often denotes truth and sincerity, such may be said to be perfect, that is, sincere, who have received the grace of God in truth, have the, truth and root of the matter in them; so Noah, Job, and others, are said to be perfect men; but not simply and absolutely in themselves, but as in Christ Jesus; who has obtained complete redemption, perfectly fulfilled the law for them, fully expiated their sins, procured the entire pardon of them, and brought in an everlasting righteousness, by which they are justified from all sin, and are perfectly comely, and a perfection of beauty, through the comeliness of Christ put upon them;

and behold the upright; the man that is upright in heart and conversation, who has a right spirit renewed in him, and the uprightness of Christ showed unto him; or, in other words, who has the truth of grace within him, and the righteousness of Christ upon him: such men are to be marked, observed, viewed, and considered, as rare and uncommon men; and to be imitated and followed in the exercise of grace and discharge of duty; and especially the end of such persons is to be marked and beheld, as follows;

for the end of that man is peace: such a man now enjoys a conscience peace, which passes the understanding of worldly men; and which he possesses in Christ, and from him, amidst a variety of tribulations, arising from a view of interest in his blood and righteousness; and, generally speaking, goes off the stage of life, if not triumphing, yet resigned to the will of God, and in a serene and tranquil frame of spirit, and even desiring to be gone, and to be with Christ, and to have leave, with good old Simeon, to depart in peace; and as soon as they are departed they enter into peace, into the joy of their Lord, into his presence, where is fulness of joy, and pleasures for evermore; see Numbers 23:10.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

37. By "the end" is meant reward (Pr 23:18; 24:14), or expectation of success, as in Ps 37:38, which describes the end of the wicked in contrast, and that is cut off (compare Ps 73:17).

Psalm 37:37 Additional Commentaries
Context
Don't Fret Because of Evildoers
36Then he passed away, and lo, he was no more; I sought for him, but he could not be found. 37Mark the blameless man, and behold the upright; For the man of peace will have a posterity. 38But transgressors will be altogether destroyed; The posterity of the wicked will be cut off.…
Cross References
Numbers 6:26
the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace."'

Numbers 23:10
Who can count the dust of Jacob or number even a fourth of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and may my final end be like theirs!"

Psalm 7:10
My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.

Psalm 37:18
The blameless spend their days under the LORD's care, and their inheritance will endure forever.

Proverbs 14:32
When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous seek refuge in God.

Isaiah 57:1
The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.

Isaiah 57:2
Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.

Malachi 2:6
True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin.
Treasury of Scripture

Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man …

Job 42:12-17 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: …

Proverbs 14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous has …

Isaiah 32:17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness …

Isaiah 57:2 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one …

Luke 2:25-29 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; …

Acts 7:59,60 And they stoned Stephen, calling on God, and saying, Lord Jesus, …

2 Timothy 4:6-8 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand…

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