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A Psalm of David.


¶ Do not be angry with the evildoers, neither be thou envious of the workers of iniquity.

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


Wait in the LORD and do good; live in the land and uphold the truth.

In the same manner delight thyself in the LORD, and he shall give thee the desires of thy heart.


Turn thy way unto the LORD and wait in him, and he shall bring it to pass.

And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light and thy uprightness as the noonday.


¶ Be silent before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not be angry with him who prospers in his way, with the man who brings wicked devices to pass.


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

For evildoers shall be cut off; but those that wait for the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.


10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be; thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.

11 But the meek shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.


12 The wicked plots against the just and gnashes upon him with his teeth.

13 The Lord shall laugh at him, for he sees that his day is coming.


14 The wicked have drawn out the sword and have bent their bow to cast down the poor and needy and to slay such as are of upright conversation.

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


16 A little that a righteous man has is better than the many riches of the sinners.

17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.


18 The LORD knows the days of the perfect, and their inheritance shall be for ever.

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


20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD as the fattest of rams shall be consumed; as smoke they shall fade away.


21 ¶ The wicked borrows and does not repay: but the righteous shows mercy and gives.

22 For such as are blessed of him shall inherit the earth, and those that are cursed of him shall be cut off.


23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and he delights in his way.

24 Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.


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

26 He is ever merciful and lends, and his seed is a blessing.


27 Depart from evil, and do good, and thou shalt live for evermore.

28 For the LORD loves uprightness and does not forsake his merciful ones; they are preserved for ever, but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.


29 The righteous shall inherit the earth and live upon it for ever.


30 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue brings forth judgment.

31 The law of his God is in his heart; therefore none of his steps shall slide.


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

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


34 ¶ Wait on the LORD and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the earth; when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.


35 I have seen the wicked in great power and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

36 Yet he passed away, and, behold, he was not: I sought him, but he could not be found.


37 Mark the perfect, and behold the upright, for the end of each one of them is peace.

38 But the rebels were destroyed all together; the wicked were cut off in the end.


39 But the salvation of the righteous is the LORD; he is their strength in the time of trouble.

40 And the LORD helped them and delivers them; he shall deliver them from the wicked and save them because they wait in him.

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