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Psalm 37:28-30 New English Translation (NET Bible)

28 For the Lord promotes[a] justice,
and never abandons[b] his faithful followers.
They are permanently secure,[c]
but the children[d] of the wicked are wiped out.[e]
29 The godly will possess the land
and will dwell in it permanently.
30 The godly speak wise words
and promote justice.[f]


  1. Psalm 37:28 tn Heb “loves.” The verb “loves” is here metonymic; the Lord’s commitment to principles of justice causes him to actively promote these principles as he governs the world. The active participle describes characteristic behavior.
  2. Psalm 37:28 tn The imperfect verbal form draws attention to this generalizing statement.
  3. Psalm 37:28 tn Or “protected forever.”
  4. Psalm 37:28 tn Or “offspring”; Heb “seed.”
  5. Psalm 37:28 tn Or “cut off”; or “removed.” The perfect verbal forms in v. 28b state general truths.
  6. Psalm 37:30 tn Heb “The mouth of the godly [one] utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.” The singular form is used in a representative sense; the typical godly individual is in view. The imperfect verbal forms draw attention to the characteristic behavior of the godly.
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