Psalm 37
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1By David. Do not fret when wicked men seem to succeed! Do not envy evildoers! 1Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers!
2For they will quickly dry up like grass, and wither away like plants. 2For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.
3Trust in the LORD and do what is right! Settle in the land and maintain your integrity! 3Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
4Then you will take delight in the LORD, and he will answer your prayers. 4Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5Commit your future to the LORD! Trust in him, and he will act on your behalf. 5Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.
6He will vindicate you in broad daylight, and publicly defend your just cause. 6He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
7Wait 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! 7Be 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!
8Do not be angry and frustrated! Do not fret! That only leads to trouble! 8Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
9Wicked men will be wiped out, but those who rely on the LORD are the ones who will possess the land. 9For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.
10Evil men will soon disappear; you will stare at the spot where they once were, but they will be gone. 10In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.
11But the oppressed will possess the land and enjoy great prosperity. 11But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.
12Evil men plot against the godly and viciously attack them. 12The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him,
13The Lord laughs in disgust at them, for he knows that their day is coming. 13but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.
14Evil men draw their swords and prepare their bows, to bring down the oppressed and needy, and to slaughter those who are godly. 14The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose way is upright;
15Their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken. 15their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
16The little bit that a godly man owns is better than the wealth of many evil men, 16Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked.
17for evil men will lose their power, but the LORD sustains the godly. 17For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.
18The LORD watches over the innocent day by day and they possess a permanent inheritance. 18The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever;
19They will not be ashamed when hard times come; when famine comes they will have enough to eat. 19they are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance.
20But evil men will die; the LORD's enemies will be incinerated--they will go up in smoke. 20But the wicked will perish; the enemies of the LORD are like the glory of the pastures; they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.
21Evil men borrow, but do not repay their debt, but the godly show compassion and are generous. 21The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives;
22Surely those favored by the LORD will possess the land, but those rejected by him will be wiped out. 22for those blessed by the LORD shall inherit the land, but those cursed by him shall be cut off.
23The LORD grants success to the one whose behavior he finds commendable. 23The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way;
24Even if he trips, he will not fall headlong, for the LORD holds his hand. 24though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.
25I was once young, now I am old. I have never seen a godly man abandoned, or his children forced to search for food. 25I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.
26All day long he shows compassion and lends to others, and his children are blessed. 26He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing.
27Turn away from evil! Do what is right! Then you will enjoy lasting security. 27Turn away from evil and do good; so shall you dwell forever.
28For the LORD promotes justice, and never abandons his faithful followers. They are permanently secure, but the children of evil men are wiped out. 28For the LORD loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
29The godly will possess the land and will dwell in it permanently. 29The righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever.
30The godly speak wise words and promote justice. 30The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.
31The law of their God controls their thinking; their feet do not slip. 31The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip.
32Evil men set an ambush for the godly and try to kill them. 32The wicked watches for the righteous and seeks to put him to death.
33But the LORD does not surrender the godly, or allow them to be condemned in a court of law. 33The LORD will not abandon him to his power or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.
34Rely on the LORD! Obey his commands! Then he will permit you to possess the land; you will see the demise of evil men. 34Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.
35I have seen ruthless evil men growing in influence, like a green tree grows in its native soil. 35I have seen a wicked, ruthless man, spreading himself like a green laurel tree.
36But then one passes by, and suddenly they have disappeared! I looked for them, but they could not be found. 36But he passed away, and behold, he was no more; though I sought him, he could not be found.
37Take note of the one who has integrity! Observe the godly! For the one who promotes peace has a future. 37Mark the blameless and behold the upright, for there is a future for the man of peace.
38Sinful rebels are totally destroyed; evil men have no future. 38But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; the future of the wicked shall be cut off.
39But the LORD delivers the godly; he protects them in times of trouble. 39The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
40The LORD helps them and rescues them; he rescues them from evil men and delivers them, for they seek his protection. 40The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.
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