Psalm 37:8
New International Version
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret--it leads only to evil.

New Living Translation
Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper--it only leads to harm.

English Standard Version
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.

Berean Study Bible
Refrain from anger and abandon wrath; do not fret—it can only bring harm.

New American Standard Bible
Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.

King James Bible
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

Christian Standard Bible
Refrain from anger and give up your rage; do not be agitated--it can only bring harm.

Contemporary English Version
Don't be angry or furious. Anger can lead to sin.

Good News Translation
Don't give in to worry or anger; it only leads to trouble.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Refrain from anger and give up your rage; do not be agitated--it can only bring harm.

International Standard Version
Calm your anger and abandon wrath. Don't be angry— it only leads to evil.

NET Bible
Do not be angry and frustrated! Do not fret! That only leads to trouble!

New Heart English Bible
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret, it leads only to evildoing.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Rest from anger and rest from passion and do not envy the evildoer.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let go of anger, and leave rage behind. Do not be preoccupied. It only leads to evil.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Fret not thyself, it tendeth only to evil-doing.

New American Standard 1977
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret, it leads only to evildoing.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He Cease from anger and forsake wrath: let not thy wrath in any wise cause you to become evil.

King James 2000 Bible
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not yourself in any way to do evil.

American King James Version
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not yourself in any wise to do evil.

American Standard Version
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: Fret not thyself, it tendeth only to evil-doing.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
ease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself so as to do evil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Cease from anger, and leave rage; have no emulation to do evil.

Darby Bible Translation
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; fret not thyself: it [would be] only to do evil.

English Revised Version
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself, it tendeth only to evil-doing.

Webster's Bible Translation
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

World English Bible
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath. Don't fret, it leads only to evildoing.

Young's Literal Translation
Desist from anger, and forsake fury, Fret not thyself only to do evil.
Study Bible
Do Not Envy Those who Do Wrong
7Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; fret not when men prosper in their ways, when they carry out wicked schemes. 8Refrain from anger and abandon wrath; do not fret— it can only bring harm. 9For the evildoers will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.…
Cross References
Ephesians 4:31
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, outcry and slander, along with every form of malice.

Colossians 3:8
But now you must put aside all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth.

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.

Treasury of Scripture

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not yourself in any wise to do evil.

Cease

Job 5:2
For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.

Job 18:4
He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?

Proverbs 14:29
He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

fret

Psalm 31:22
For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.

Psalm 73:15
If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.

Psalm 116:11
I said in my haste, All men are liars.







Lexicon
Refrain
הֶ֣רֶף (he·rep̄)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7503: Sink, relax

from anger
מֵ֭אַף (mê·’ap̄)
Preposition | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 639: The nose, nostril, the face, a person, ire

and abandon
וַעֲזֹ֣ב (wa·‘ă·zōḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5800: To loosen, relinquish, permit

wrath;
חֵמָ֑ה (ḥê·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2534: Heat, anger, poison

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

fret—
תִּ֝תְחַ֗ר (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

it can only
אַךְ־ (’aḵ-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 389: A particle of affirmation, surely

bring harm.
לְהָרֵֽעַ׃ (lə·hā·rê·a‘)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7489: To spoil, to make, good for, nothing, bad
(8) In any wise to do evil . . .--Better, only to do evil, i.e., only evil can come of it. Comp. Proverbs 14:23, "tendeth only to penury."

Verse 8. - Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; i.e. such anger and such wrath as the prosperity of the wicked calls forth. Fret not thyself in any wise to do evil; rather, fret not thyself, only to do evil. No result could be looked for from the sort of "fretting" spoken of, but an evil one. If men will dwell unduly on the fact of the prosperity of the wicked, and brood upon it in their hearts, they will be apt, in the first instance, to envy the wicked, which is at once "to do evil;" and from this they will be naturally tempted to go on to an imitation of their wicked practices, which is to assimilate themselves altogether to the enemies of God, and to be guilty of practical apostasy (comp. Psalm 73:2, "But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well-nigh supped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked"). 37:7-20 Let us be satisfied that God will make all to work for good to us. Let us not discompose ourselves at what we see in this world. A fretful, discontented spirit is open to many temptations. For, in all respects, the little which is allotted to the righteous, is more comfortable and more profitable than the ill-gotten and abused riches of ungodly men. It comes from a hand of special love. God provides plentifully and well, not only for his working servants, but for his waiting servants. They have that which is better than wealth, peace of mind, peace with God, and then peace in God; that peace which the world cannot give, and which the world cannot have. God knows the believer's days. Not one day's work shall go unrewarded. Their time on earth is reckoned by days, which will soon be numbered; but heavenly happiness shall be for ever. This will be a real support to believers in evil times. Those that rest on the Rock of ages, have no reason to envy the wicked the support of their broken reeds.
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