New Living Translation
The wicked will not rule the land of the godly, for then the godly might be tempted to do wrong.
King James Bible
For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.
Darby Bible Translation
For the sceptre of wickedness shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.
World English Bible
For the scepter of wickedness won't remain over the allotment of the righteous; so that the righteous won't use their hands to do evil.
Young's Literal Translation
For the rod of wickedness resteth not On the lot of the righteous, That the righteous put not forth on iniquity their hands.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
125:3 The rod - Their power and authority. Not rest - Not continue long. The lot - Upon the habitations and persons of good men. Lest - Lest they should be driven to indirect courses to relieve themselves.
The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
About that time King Herod Agrippa began to persecute some believers in the church.
1 Samuel 24:10
This very day you can see with your own eyes it isn't true. For the LORD placed you at my mercy back there in the cave. Some of my men told me to kill you, but I spared you. For I said, 'I will never harm the king--he is the LORD's anointed one.'
LORD, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine.
As for my companion, he betrayed his friends; he broke his promises.
His enemies will not defeat him, nor will the wicked overpower him.
Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster, and their reign of terror will come to an end.
For the LORD has crushed your wicked power and broken your evil rule.
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