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Psalm 37 Darby Translation (DARBY)

[A Psalm] of David.

37 Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, and be not envious of them that work unrighteousness;

for they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and fade as the green herb.

Confide in Jehovah, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on faithfulness;

and delight thyself in Jehovah, and he will give thee the desires of thy heart.

Commit thy way unto Jehovah, and rely upon him: he will bring [it] to pass;

and he will bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

Rest in Jehovah, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him that prospereth in his way, because of the man that bringeth mischievous devices to pass.

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

For evil-doers shall be cut off; but those that wait on Jehovah, they shall possess the land.

10 For yet a little while, and the wicked is not; and thou considerest his place, but he is not.

11 But the meek shall possess the land, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of prosperity.

12 The wicked plotteth against the righteous, and gnasheth his teeth against him.

13 The Lord laugheth at him; for he seeth that his day is coming.

14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the afflicted and needy, to slay those that are upright in [the] way:

15 their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

16 The little that the righteous hath is better than the abundance of many wicked;

17 for the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but Jehovah upholdeth the righteous.

18 Jehovah knoweth the days of the perfect; and their inheritance shall be for ever:

19 they shall not be ashamed in the time of evil, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

20 For the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of Jehovah shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume, like smoke shall they consume away.

21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again; but the righteous is gracious and giveth:

22 for those blessed of him shall possess the land, and they that are cursed of him shall be cut off.

23 The steps of a man are established by Jehovah, and he delighteth in his way:

24 though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down, for Jehovah upholdeth his hand.

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

26 all the day he is gracious and lendeth, and his seed shall be a blessing.

27 Depart from evil, and do good, and dwell for evermore;

28 for Jehovah loveth judgment, and will not forsake his saints: They are preserved for ever; but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

29 The righteous shall possess the land, and dwell therein for ever.

30 The mouth of the righteous proffereth wisdom, and his tongue speaketh judgment;

31 the law of his God is in his heart; his goings shall not slide.

32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him:

33 Jehovah will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

34 Wait for Jehovah, and keep his way, and he will exalt thee to possess the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see [it].

35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading like a green tree in its native soil:

36 but he passed away, and behold, he was not; and I sought him, but he was not found.

37 Mark the perfect, and behold the upright, for the end of [that] man is peace;

38 but the transgressors shall be destroyed together; the future of the wicked shall be cut off.

39 But the salvation of the righteous is of Jehovah: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

40 And Jehovah will help them and deliver them: he will deliver them from the wicked, and save them; for they trust in him.

Psalm 37 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 37[a]

Of David.

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

Trust in the Lord and do good;
    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
    your vindication like the noonday sun.

Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
    do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed,
    but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
    though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
    and enjoy peace and prosperity.

12 The wicked plot against the righteous
    and gnash their teeth at them;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
    for he knows their day is coming.

14 The wicked draw the sword
    and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
    to slay those whose ways are upright.
15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
    and their bows will be broken.

16 Better the little that the righteous have
    than the wealth of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,
    but the Lord upholds the righteous.

18 The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,
    and their inheritance will endure forever.
19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
    in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

20 But the wicked will perish:
    Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,
    they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.

21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
    but the righteous give generously;
22 those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
    but those he curses will be destroyed.

23 The Lord makes firm the steps
    of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
    for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

25 I was young and now I am old,
    yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
    or their children begging bread.
26 They are always generous and lend freely;
    their children will be a blessing.[b]

27 Turn from evil and do good;
    then you will dwell in the land forever.
28 For the Lord loves the just
    and will not forsake his faithful ones.

Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed[c];
    the offspring of the wicked will perish.
29 The righteous will inherit the land
    and dwell in it forever.

30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
    and their tongues speak what is just.
31 The law of their God is in their hearts;
    their feet do not slip.

32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
    intent on putting them to death;
33 but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked
    or let them be condemned when brought to trial.

34 Hope in the Lord
    and keep his way.
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
    when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.

35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
    flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,
36 but he soon passed away and was no more;
    though I looked for him, he could not be found.

37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
    a future awaits those who seek peace.[d]
38 But all sinners will be destroyed;
    there will be no future[e] for the wicked.

39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
    he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;
    he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
    because they take refuge in him.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 37:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
  2. Psalm 37:26 Or freely; / the names of their children will be used in blessings (see Gen. 48:20); or freely; / others will see that their children are blessed
  3. Psalm 37:28 See Septuagint; Hebrew They will be protected forever
  4. Psalm 37:37 Or upright; / those who seek peace will have posterity
  5. Psalm 37:38 Or posterity
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