Psalm 37:7
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New International Version
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

New Living Translation
Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don't worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.

English Standard Version
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

New American Standard Bible
Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.

King James Bible
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be silent before the LORD and wait expectantly for Him; do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way, by the man who carries out evil plans.

International Standard Version
Be silent in the LORD's presence and wait patiently for him. Don't be angry because of the one whose way prospers or the one who implements evil schemes.

NET Bible
Wait patiently for the LORD! Wait confidently for him! Do not fret over the apparent success of a sinner, a man who carries out wicked schemes!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Beg of Lord Jehovah and pray before him, and do not envy a man who does evil and whose way prospers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Surrender yourself to the LORD, and wait patiently for him. Do not be preoccupied with [an evildoer]who succeeds in his way when he carries out his schemes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Daleth Be silent before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not be angry with him who prospers in his way, with the man who brings wicked devices to pass.

King James 2000 Bible
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.

American King James Version
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.

American Standard Version
Rest in Jehovah, and wait patiently for him: Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, Because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be subject to the Lord and pray to him Envy not the man who prospereth in his way; the man who doth unjust things.

Darby Bible Translation
Rest in Jehovah, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him that prospereth in his way, because of the man that bringeth mischievous devices to pass.

English Revised Version
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Webster's Bible Translation
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

World English Bible
Rest in Yahweh, and wait patiently for him. Don't fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who makes wicked plots happen.

Young's Literal Translation
Be silent for Jehovah, and stay thyself for Him, Do not fret because of him Who is making prosperous his way, Because of a man doing wicked devices.
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 7. - Rest in the Lord; literally, be silent; i.e. do not murmur; make no complaint; be silently acquiescent and resigned. And wait patiently for him. Be content to await his time, which is sure to be the right time. Meanwhile possess your soul in patience. Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way (comp. ver. 1, of which this brings out the sense). It is when the ungodly prosper that the righteous are apt to repine. Because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. It is the success of the ungodly in their wicked plots and schemes which especially vexes the righteous (see Job 9:24; Job 12:6; Job 21:7-9: 24:2-12; Psalm 72:5-12, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Rest in the Lord,.... Or "be silent to the Lord" (p); be still, and know that he is God; quietly submit to his will, and acquiesce in all the dispensations of his providence: it does not design a stupid indolence, or a stoical apathy, that we should be like sticks and stones, without any concern at the hand of God upon us; nor an entire silence under afflictions; we should own that they are of God, and that we are deserving of them; we should pray to him to sanctify them, to support under them, and deliver out of them; we should bless his name that they are no worse, and that they are any ways useful to us; and we should speak to others of the divine goodness experienced under them; but this stands opposed to an arraigning or murmuring at the providence of God, and intends a patient bearing the hand of God, and a resignation of will to his will; for it follows,

and wait patiently for him: for the enjoyment of him, help from him, and deliverance by him;

fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass; this explains the sense of Psalm 37:1; it being often an additional uneasiness to the people of God under affliction, when they observe the prosperity of men that go on in a sinful way, and have all or more than heart can wish; and whatever they contrive and devise, though wicked and criminal.

(p) "tace Domino", Pagninus, Montanus; "sile", Musculus, Piscator, Tigurine version, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis; so Ainsworth.

The Treasury of David

7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

"Rest in the Lord." This fifth is a most divine precept, and requires much grace to carry it out. To hush the spirit, to be silent before the Lord, to wait in holy patience the time for clearing up the difficulties of Providence - this is what every gracious heart should aim at. "Aaron held his peace:" "I opened not my mouth, because thou didst it." A silent tongue in many eases not only shows a wise head, but a holy heart. "And wait patiently for him." Time is nothing to him; let it be nothing to thee. God is worth waiting for. "He never is before his time, he never is too late." In a story we wait for the end to clear up the plot; we ought not to prejudge the great drama of life, but stay till the closing scene, and see to what a finish the whole arrives. "Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his wall, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass." There is no good, but much evil, in worrying your heart about the present success of graceless plotters be not enticed into premature judgments - they dishonour God, they weary yourself. Determine, let the wicked succeed as they may, that you will treat the matter with indifference, and never allow a question to be raised as to the righteousness and goodness of the Lord. What if wicked devices succeed and your own plans are defeated! there is more of the love of God in your defeats than in the successes of the wicked.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7, 8. Rest in—literally, "Be silent to the Lord."

and wait—Be submissive—avoid petulance and murmurings, anger and rash doing.

Psalm 37:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Don't Fret Because of Evildoers
6He will bring forth your righteousness as the light And your judgment as the noonday. 7Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. 8Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.…
Cross References
Psalm 26:10
in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose right hands are full of bribes.

Psalm 37:1
Of David. Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;

Psalm 37:8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret--it leads only to evil.

Psalm 40:1
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.

Psalm 49:16
Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases;

Psalm 62:5
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.

Psalm 73:3
For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Jeremiah 12:1
You are always righteous, LORD, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?

Lamentations 3:26
it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.

Rest in [heb.] be silent to

Psalm 62:1 Truly my soul waits on God: from him comes my salvation.

Joshua 10:12 Then spoke Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered …

Jonah 1:11 Then said they to him, What shall we do to you, that the sea may …

wait

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your …

Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry.

Proverbs 20:22 Say not you, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he …

Isaiah 8:17 And I will wait on the LORD, that hides his face from the house of …

Isaiah 30:15 For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning …

Lamentations 3:25,26 The LORD is good to them that wait for him, to the soul that seeks him…

Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall …

Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall …

Hebrews 10:36,37 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will …

James 5:7-11 Be patient therefore, brothers, to the coming of the Lord. Behold, …

fret

Psalm 50:8 I will not reprove you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, …

Psalm 73:3-14 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…

Jeremiah 12:1 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk …

the man

Job 21:7 Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, are mighty in power?

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of …

Isaiah 10:13,14 For he said, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my …

Daniel 11:36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, …

Revelation 13:3-10 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly …

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