37 Do not fret[b] when wicked men seem to succeed.[c] Do not envy evildoers. 2 For they will quickly dry up like grass, and wither away like plants.[d]
Psalm 37:1snPsalm 37. The psalmist urges his audience not to envy the wicked, but to trust in and obey the Lord, for he will destroy sinners and preserve the godly. When the smoke of judgment clears, the wicked will be gone, but the godly will remain and inherit God’s promised blessings. The psalm is an acrostic; every other verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
Psalm 37:1tn The verb form is singular (see vv. 3-10 as well, where the second person verbs and pronouns are also singular). The psalmist’s exhortation has a wisdom flavor to it; it is personalized for each member of his audience.
Psalm 37:1tnHeb “over sinners.” The context indicates that the psalmist has in mind the apparent power and success of sinners. See v. 7b.
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