Psalm 37:4
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New International Version
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

New Living Translation
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart's desires.

English Standard Version
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

New American Standard Bible
Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

King James Bible
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you your heart's desires.

International Standard Version
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

NET Bible
Then you will take delight in the LORD, and he will answer your prayers.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Hope in Lord Jehovah and he will give you the requests of your heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be happy with the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In the same manner delight thyself in the LORD, and he shall give thee the desires of thy heart.

King James 2000 Bible
Delight yourself also in the LORD; and he shall give you the desires of your heart.

American King James Version
Delight yourself also in the LORD: and he shall give you the desires of your heart.

American Standard Version
Delight thyself also in Jehovah; And he will give thee the desires of thy heart.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Delight in the Lord, and he will give thee the requests of thy heart.

Darby Bible Translation
and delight thyself in Jehovah, and he will give thee the desires of thy heart.

English Revised Version
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Webster's Bible Translation
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he will give thee the desires of thy heart.

World English Bible
Also delight yourself in Yahweh, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Young's Literal Translation
And delight thyself on Jehovah, And He giveth to thee the petitions of thy heart.
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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 4. - Delight thyself also in the Lord. Draw from communion with God all that inward intensity of joy which it is capable of giving. And he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. God will then grant thee all thy desires, and make thee perfectly happy.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Delight thyself also in the Lord,.... In the persons in God, Father, Son, and Spirit; in the perfections of God, his power, goodness, faithfulness, wisdom, love, grace, and mercy; in his works of creation, providence, and redemption; in his word, his Gospel, the truths and ordinances of it; in his house, and the worship of it; and in his people, the excellent in the earth, in whom was all the delight of the psalmist; and each of these afford a field of delight and pleasure, to attend unto, contemplate, and meditate upon;

and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart; such as are according to the will of God, and for the good of his people; such as relate to communion with him, and to the communication of more grace from him, and to the enjoyment of eternal glory.

The Treasury of David

4 Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

There is an ascent in this third precept. He who was first bidden not to fret, was then commanded actively to trust, and now is told with holy desire to delight in God. "Delight thyself also in the Lord." Make Jehovah the joy and rejoicing of thy spirit. Bad men delight in carnal objects; do not envy them if they are allowed to take their fill in such vain idols; look thou to thy better delight, and fill thyself to the full with thy sublimer portion. In a certain sense imitate the wicked; they delight in their portion - take care to delight in yours, and so far from envying you will pity them. There is no room for fretting if we remember that God is ours, but there is every incentive to sacred enjoyment of the most elevated and ecstatic kind. Every name, attribute, word, or deed of Jehovah, should be delightful to us, and in meditating thereon our soul should be as glad as is the epicure who feeds delicately with a profound relish for his dainties. "And he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." A pleasant duty is here rewarded with another pleasure. Men who delight in God desire or ask for nothing but what will please God.; hence it is safe to give them carte blanche. Their will is subdued to God's will, and now they may have what they will. Our innermost desires are here meant, not our casual wishes; there are many things which nature might desire which grace would never permit us to ask for; these deep, prayerful, asking desires are those to which the promise is made.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. desires—(Ps 20:5; 21:2), what is lawful and right, really good (Ps 84:11).

Psalm 37:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Don't Fret Because of Evildoers
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. 5Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.…
Cross References
Matthew 7:7
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Matthew 7:8
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Job 22:26
Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty and will lift up your face to God.

Job 27:10
Will they find delight in the Almighty? Will they call on God at all times?

Psalm 21:2
You have granted him his heart's desire and have not withheld the request of his lips.

Psalm 81:10
I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

Psalm 94:19
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.

Psalm 145:19
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.

Isaiah 58:14
then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob." The mouth of the LORD has spoken.
Treasury of Scripture

Delight yourself also in the LORD: and he shall give you the desires of your heart.

Delight

Psalm 43:4 Then will I go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy: yes, …

Psalm 104:34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

Job 27:10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call on God?

Job 34:9 For he has said, It profits a man nothing that he should delight …

Songs 2:3 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among …

Isaiah 58:14 Then shall you delight yourself in the LORD; and I will cause you …

1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, …

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Psalm 21:1,2 The king shall joy in your strength, O LORD; and in your salvation …

Psalm 145:19 He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear …

John 15:7,16 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what …

1 John 5:14,15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any …

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