Psalm 37:25
New International Version
I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.

New Living Translation
Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.

English Standard Version
I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.

Berean Study Bible
I once was young and now am old, yet never have I seen the righteous abandoned or their children begging for bread.

New American Standard Bible
I have been young and now I am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken Or his descendants begging bread.

King James Bible
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

Christian Standard Bible
I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned or his children begging for bread.

Contemporary English Version
As long as I can remember, good people have never been left helpless, and their children have never gone begging for food.

Good News Translation
I am old now; I have lived a long time, but I have never seen good people abandoned by the LORD or their children begging for food.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned or his children begging for bread.

International Standard Version
I once was young and now I am old, but I have not seen a righteous person forsaken or his descendants begging for bread.

NET Bible
I was once young, now I am old. I have never seen a godly man abandoned, or his children forced to search for food.

New Heart English Bible
I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his children begging for bread.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have been young and I am old, and I have not seen a righteous one forsaken, neither his seed seeking bread.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have been young, and now I am old, but I have never seen a righteous person abandoned or his descendants begging for food.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have been young, and now am old; Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his seed begging bread.

New American Standard 1977
I have been young, and now I am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Or his descendants begging bread.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nun I have been young and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

King James 2000 Bible
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his offspring begging bread.

American King James Version
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

American Standard Version
I have been young, and now am old; Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his seed begging bread.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I was once young, indeed I am now old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed seeking bread.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have been young, and now am old; and I have not seen the just forsaken, nor his seed seeking bread.

Darby Bible Translation
I have been young, and now am old, and I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed seeking bread:

English Revised Version
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging their bread.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

World English Bible
I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his children begging for bread.

Young's Literal Translation
Young I have been, I have also become old, And I have not seen the righteous forsaken, And his seed seeking bread.
Study Bible
Do Not Envy Those who Do Wrong
24Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, for the LORD is holding his hand. 25I once was young and now am old, yet never have I seen the righteous abandoned or their children begging for bread. 26They are ever generous and quick to lend, and their children are a blessing.…
Cross References
Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, for God has said: "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you."

Job 4:7
Consider now: Who has perished when he was innocent? Or where were the upright destroyed?

Psalm 37:28
For the LORD loves justice and will not forsake His saints. They are preserved forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off.

Psalm 109:10
May his children wander as beggars; may they seek sustenance far from their ruined homes.

Proverbs 10:3
The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but He denies the craving of the wicked.

Proverbs 13:22
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, but the sinner's wealth is passed to the righteous.

Isaiah 41:17
The poor and needy seek water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. I, the LORD, will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.

Treasury of Scripture

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

I have

Psalm 71:9,18
Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth…

Job 32:6,7
And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion…

Acts 21:16
There went with us also certain of the disciples of Caesarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge.

yet

Psalm 37:28
For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

Psalm 94:14
For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.

Joshua 1:5
There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

nor his seed

Psalm 25:13
His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.

Psalm 59:15
Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.

Psalm 109:10
Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.







Lexicon
I once was
הָיִ֗יתִי (hā·yî·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

young
נַ֤עַר ׀ (na·‘ar)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5288: A boy, lad, youth, retainer

and
גַּם־ (gam-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

now am old,
זָ֫קַ֥נְתִּי (zā·qan·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2204: To be or become old

yet never
וְֽלֹא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

have I seen
רָ֭אִיתִי (rā·’î·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

the righteous
צַדִּ֣יק (ṣad·dîq)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6662: Just, righteous

abandoned
נֶעֱזָ֑ב (ne·‘ĕ·zāḇ)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5800: To loosen, relinquish, permit

or their children
וְ֝זַרְע֗וֹ (wə·zar·‘ōw)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2233: Seed, fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity

begging
מְבַקֶּשׁ־ (mə·ḇaq·qeš-)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

for bread.
לָֽחֶם׃ (lā·ḥem)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3899: Food, bread, grain
Verse 25. - I have been young, and now am old. It is most natural to understand this literally, and to gather from it that the psalmist, whether David or another, composed this psalm in advanced life. It has certainly all the gravity, calmness, seriousness, and tone of authority which befit a teacher of many years and much experience. Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. The social condition of the Israelites was very unlike that of modern European communities. Though there were rich and poor among them, there could scarcely be any that were very poor. Where there was a general obligation upon all well-disposed persons to lend to such as were in need, and no interest could be asked upon loans, and in the year of jubilee all debts were remitted, and mortgaged lands returned to their original owners or their families, actual begging was scarcely possible, and at any rate could only be brought about by extreme and reckless misconduct. Many philanthropists believe that even at the present time in our own country mendicancy is nearly always the consequence of persistence in evil courses. Still more must this have been the case in Palestine in the time of the monarchy (see Proverbs 20:4). 37:21-33 The Lord our God requires that we do justly, and render to all their due. It is a great sin for those that are able, to deny the payment of just debts; it is a great misery not to be able to pay them. He that is truly merciful, will be ever merciful. We must leave our sins; learn to do well, and cleave to it. This is true religion. The blessing of God is the spring, sweetness, and security of all earthly enjoyments. And if we are sure of this, we are sure not to want any thing good for us in this world. By his grace and Holy Spirit, he directs the thoughts, affections, and designs of good men. By his providence he overrules events, so as to make their way plain. He does not always show them his way for a distance, but leads them step by step, as children are led. God will keep them from being ruined by their falls, either into sin or into trouble, though such as fall into sin will be sorely hurt. Few, if any, have known the consistent believer, or his children, reduced to abject, friendless want. God forsakes not his saints in affliction; and in heaven only the righteous shall dwell for ever; that will be their everlasting habitation. A good man may fall into the hands of a messenger of Satan, and be sorely buffeted, but God will not leave him in his enemy's hands.
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