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

New Living Translation
A psalm of David. Don't worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong.

English Standard Version
Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers!

Berean Study Bible
Of David. Do not fret over doers of evil; do not envy those who do wrong.

New American Standard Bible
A Psalm of David. Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers.

King James Bible
A Psalm of David. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

Christian Standard Bible
Do not be agitated by evildoers; do not envy those who do wrong.

Contemporary English Version
Don't be annoyed by anyone who does wrong, and don't envy them.

Good News Translation
Don't be worried on account of the wicked; don't be jealous of those who do wrong.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Davidic. Do not be agitated by evildoers; do not envy those who do wrong.

International Standard Version
Don't be angry because of those who do evil, do not be jealous because of those who commit iniquity.

NET Bible
By David. Do not fret when wicked men seem to succeed! Do not envy evildoers!

New Heart English Bible
[By David.] Do not fret because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not emulate the wicked neither envy the workers of evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[By David.] Do not be preoccupied with evildoers. Do not envy those who do wicked things.

JPS Tanakh 1917
[A Psalm] of David. Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, Neither be thou envious against them that work unrighteousness.

New American Standard 1977
Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Aleph Do not be angry with the evildoers, neither be thou envious of the workers of iniquity.

King James 2000 Bible
Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be you envious of the workers of iniquity.

American King James Version
Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be you envious against the workers of iniquity.

American Standard Version
Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, Neither be thou envious against them that work unrighteousness.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A Psalm of David. Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, neither be envious of them that do iniquity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A psalm for David himself. Be not emulous of evildoers; nor envy them that work iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
{[A Psalm] of David.} Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, and be not envious of them that work unrighteousness;

English Revised Version
A Psalm of David. Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, neither be thou envious against them that work unrighteousness.

Webster's Bible Translation
A Psalm of David. Fret not thyself because of evil doers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

World English Bible
Don't fret because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness.

Young's Literal Translation
By David. Do not fret because of evil doers, Be not envious against doers of iniquity,
Study Bible
Do Not Envy Those who Do Wrong
1Of David. Do not fret over doers of evil; do not envy those who do wrong. 2For they wither quickly like grass and wilt like tender plants.…
Cross References
Psalm 37:7
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; fret not when men prosper in their ways, when they carry out wicked schemes.

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

Proverbs 3:31
Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways;

Proverbs 23:17
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always continue in the fear of the LORD.

Proverbs 24:1
Do not envy wicked men or desire their company;

Proverbs 24:19
Do not fret over evildoers, and do not be envious of the wicked.

Treasury of Scripture

Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be you envious against the workers of iniquity.

(Title.

Fret

Psalm 37:1
A Psalm of David. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

1 Samuel 1:6-8
And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb…

Proverbs 19:3
The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.

neither

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

Proverbs 3:31
Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

Proverbs 23:17
Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.







Lexicon
Of David.
לְדָוִ֨ד ׀ (lə·ḏā·wiḏ)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

Do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

fret over
תִּתְחַ֥ר (tiṯ·ḥar)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect Jussive - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2734: To glow, grow warm, to blaze up, of anger, zeal, jealousy

doers of evil;
בַּמְּרֵעִ֑ים (bam·mə·rê·‘îm)
Preposition-b, Article | Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7489: To spoil, to make, good for, nothing, bad

do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

envy
תְּ֝קַנֵּ֗א (tə·qan·nê)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7065: To be, zealous, jealous, envious

those who do
בְּעֹשֵׂ֥י (bə·‘ō·śê)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

wrong.
עַוְלָֽה׃ (‘aw·lāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5766: Injustice, unrighteousness
(1) Fret . . .--This verb, repeated in Psalm 37:7-8, is found besides only in Proverbs 24:19. Its meaning is to heat or inflame oneself.

Neither be thou envious . . .--This has a similar root-meaning (comp. our "burn with jealousy"), and so is in close parallelism with "fret." This verse occurs almost word for word in Proverbs 3:31; Proverbs 23:16; Proverbs 24:1. and Psalm 73:3.

Verse 1. - Fret not thyself because of evildoers. According to Aristotle, we have a special emotion implanted in our nature - νέμεσις - which causes us to "fret" when we witness undeserved prosperity ('Rhet.,' 2:9, § 1). Certainly the feeling is very common and very strong; it is also characteristic of the best natures (see Psalm 73:3-14; Job 21:7-15; Jeremiah 12:1, 2; Malachi 3:15). The feeling does not need to be eradicated, but only to be held in check. Faith in God's retributive justice will enable us calmly to await "the end" (Psalm 73:17), in full assurance that ultimately God's vengeance will overtake the wicked man, and he will receive condign punishment. Neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. Envy is not a natural passion. To envy the evil-doers on account of their prosperity is at once a folly and a danger. Their position is really not enviable; and, if we allow ourselves to envy them, we shall be tempted to follow their example (see Proverbs 24:1). 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.
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