Psalm 37:32
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New International Version
The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, intent on putting them to death;

New Living Translation
The wicked wait in ambush for the godly, looking for an excuse to kill them.

English Standard Version
The wicked watches for the righteous and seeks to put him to death.

Berean Study Bible
Though the wicked lie in wait for the righteous, and seek to slay them,

New American Standard Bible
The wicked spies upon the righteous And seeks to kill him.

King James Bible
The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

Christian Standard Bible
The wicked one lies in wait for the righteous and intends to kill him;

Contemporary English Version
The wicked try to trap and kill good people,

Good News Translation
Wicked people watch good people and try to kill them;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The wicked one lies in wait for the righteous and seeks to kill him;

International Standard Version
The wicked stalks the righteous person, seeking to kill him,

NET Bible
Evil men set an ambush for the godly and try to kill them.

New Heart English Bible
The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to kill him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The wicked lies in wait for the righteous and seeks to kill him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The wicked person watches the righteous person and seeks to kill him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The wicked watcheth the righteous, And seeketh to slay him.

New American Standard 1977
The wicked spies upon the righteous, And seeks to kill him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Tzaddi The wicked watches the righteous and seeks to slay him.

King James 2000 Bible
The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him.

American King James Version
The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him.

American Standard Version
The wicked watcheth the righteous, And seeketh to slay him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wicked watcheth the just man, and seeketh to put him to death,

Darby Bible Translation
The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him:

English Revised Version
The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

World English Bible
The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to kill him.

Young's Literal Translation
The wicked is watching for the righteous, And is seeking to put him to death.
Study Bible
Do Not Envy Those who Do Wrong
31The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not falter. 32Though the wicked lie in wait for the righteous, and seek to slay them, 33the LORD will not leave them in their power or let them be condemned under judgment.…
Cross References
Genesis 37:18
Now Joseph's brothers saw him in the distance, and before he arrived, they plotted to kill him.

Psalm 10:8
He lies in wait near the villages; in ambush he slays the innocent; his eyes watch in stealth for the helpless.

Psalm 17:11
They have tracked us down, and now surround us; their eyes are set to cast us to the ground,

Psalm 37:14
The wicked have drawn the sword and bent the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright.

Psalm 109:16
For he never thought to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and brokenhearted, even to their death.

Daniel 6:11
Then these men went as a group and found Daniel petitioning and imploring his God.

Treasury of Scripture

The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him.

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Psalm 37:12 The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes on him with his teeth.

Psalm 10:8-10 He sits in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places …

Jeremiah 20:10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say …

Luke 6:7 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal …

Luke 11:54 Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, …

Luke 14:1 And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief …

Luke 19:47,48 And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the …

Luke 20:20 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves …

Acts 9:24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates …







Verse 32. - The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him. Wicked men hate righteous men, as being a reproach to them, and also as being a hindrance and a danger. The righteous thwart their plans, oppose their proceedings, often frustrate their counsels. Sometimes their opposition brings the wicked man into peril, as when it takes the shape of prosecution before a court, or of help given to one who has fallen among thieves. Hence the hatred felt by the wicked towards the righteous is not surprising. It leads the wicked to entertain murderous thoughts - to be ever "watching" for an opportunity when he may take the righteous man at a disadvantage, and, if no other means of removing him from his path present themselves, kill him. Modern civilization, with its precautions and "resources," prevents actual violence for the most part; but the tour-derous instinct remains, and even now, in his heart, many a wicked man is a murderer. The wicked watcheth the righteous,.... All his motions and steps, his works and actions; he watches for his halting, and to take all opportunities and advantages against him; see Jeremiah 20:10;

and seeketh to slay him; murder his reputation, destroy his substance, and take away his life: some understand it of the devil, who watches the saints, observes their failings, accuses then, before the throne, and seeks to devour them, 1 Peter 5:8. 32, 33. The devices of the wicked against the good fail because God acquits them.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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