Psalm 37:2
New International Version
for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.

New Living Translation
For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither.

English Standard Version
For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.

Berean Study Bible
For they wither quickly like grass and wilt like tender plants.

King James Bible
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

New King James Version
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb.

New American Standard Bible
For they will wither quickly like the grass, And decay like the green plants.

NASB 1995
For they will wither quickly like the grass And fade like the green herb.

NASB 1977
For they will wither quickly like the grass, And fade like the green herb.

Amplified Bible
For they will wither quickly like the grass, And fade like the green herb.

Christian Standard Bible
For they wither quickly like grass and wilt like tender green plants.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For they wither quickly like grass and wilt like tender green plants.

American Standard Version
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because they dry up quickly like straw and they wither like green grass.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For they shall soon be withered as the grass, and shall soon fall away as the green herbs.

Contemporary English Version
They will soon disappear like grass without rain.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they shall shortly wither away as grass, and as the green herbs shall quickly fall.

English Revised Version
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

Good News Translation
They will soon disappear like grass that dries up; they will die like plants that wither.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They will quickly dry up like grass and wither away like green plants.

International Standard Version
Indeed, they soon will wither like grass, and like green herbs they will fade away.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For they shall soon wither like the grass, And fade as the green herb.

Literal Standard Version
For they are cut off speedily as grass, And fade as the greenness of the tender grass.

NET Bible
For they will quickly dry up like grass, and wither away like plants.

New Heart English Bible
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither like the green herb.

World English Bible
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither like the green herb.

Young's Literal Translation
For as grass speedily they are cut off, And as the greenness of the tender grass do fade.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Do Not Envy Those who Do Wrong
1Of David. Do not fret over those who do evil; do not envy those who do wrong. 2For they wither quickly like grass and wilt like tender plants. 3Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.…

Cross References
James 1:11
For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its flower falls and its beauty is lost. So too, the rich man will fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

Job 14:2
Like a flower, he comes forth, then withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.

Psalm 18:45
Foreigners lose heart and come trembling from their strongholds.

Psalm 37:9
For the evildoers will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

Psalm 90:6
in the morning it springs up new, but by evening it fades and withers.

Psalm 92:7
that though the wicked sprout like grass, and all evildoers flourish, they will be forever destroyed.

Psalm 102:4
My heart is afflicted, and withered like grass; I even forget to eat my bread.


Treasury of Scripture

For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

Psalm 37:35,36
I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree…

Psalm 73:17-20
Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end…

Psalm 90:5,6
Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up…









(2) For they . . .--This inevitable metaphor for the brevity of human life, made still more forcible in an Eastern clime where vegetation is so rapid both in growth and decay, and generally in the Bible applied, without distinction of good or bad, with a mournful sigh over human weakness, becomes here a source of comfort to the godly man.

Green herb.--Literally, greenness of herbage.

Verse 2. - For they shall soon be cut down like the grass. So Zophar, in the Book of Job (Job 20:5), "The triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment." And, no doubt, if we compare time with eternity, the longest triumph that the wicked ever enjoy is but for a brief space, is soon gone, endures "but for a moment." It has a continuance, however, which to men in this life seems long, often intolerably long; and hence the disturbance which men's minds suffer on account of it (Job 21:7, 13; Psalm 73:3-16). And wither as the green herb (comp. Psalm 90:5, 6; Psalm 103:15; Isaiah 40:6, 7; James 1:10, 11; 1 Peter 1:24).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

they wither
יִמָּ֑לוּ (yim·mā·lū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 5243: Branch to be cut down off, circumcise

quickly
מְהֵרָ֣ה (mə·hê·rāh)
Adverb
Strong's 4120: A hurry, promptly

like grass
כֶ֭חָצִיר (ḵe·ḥā·ṣîr)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2682: Green grass, herbage

and wilt
יִבּוֹלֽוּן׃ (yib·bō·w·lūn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's 5034: To wilt, to fall away, fail, faint, to be foolish, wicked, to despise, disgrace

like tender
וּכְיֶ֥רֶק (ū·ḵə·ye·req)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3418: Pallor, the yellowish green of young and sickly vegetation, verdure, grass, vegetation

plants.
דֶּ֝֗שֶׁא (de·še)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1877: A sprout, grass


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