that God would be willing to crush(A) me,
    to let loose his hand and cut off my life!(B)

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Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

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20 But the eyes of the wicked will fail,(A)
    and escape will elude them;(B)
    their hope will become a dying gasp.”(C)

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20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.

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16 Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance,(A)
    for no godless(B) person would dare come before him!(C)

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16 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.

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34 For the company of the godless(A) will be barren,
    and fire will consume(B) the tents of those who love bribes.(C)

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34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.

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that the mirth of the wicked(A) is brief,
    the joy of the godless(B) lasts but a moment.(C)

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That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?

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For what hope have the godless(A) when they are cut off,
    when God takes away their life?(B)

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For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?

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30     to keep the godless(A) from ruling,(B)
    from laying snares for the people.(C)

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30 That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.

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Psalm 37[a]

Of David.

Do not fret because of those who are evil
    or be envious(A) of those who do wrong;(B)
for like the grass they will soon wither,(C)
    like green plants they will soon die away.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 37:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

37 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

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

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10 The wicked will see(A) and be vexed,
    they will gnash their teeth(B) and waste away;(C)
    the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.(D)

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10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

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28 The prospect of the righteous is joy,
    but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.(A)

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28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

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Hopes placed in mortals die with them;(A)
    all the promise of[a] their power comes to nothing.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 11:7 Two Hebrew manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts, Vulgate, Syriac and Targum When the wicked die, their hope perishes; / all they expected from

When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.

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