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(By David.)

Trust the Lord

37 Don’t be annoyed by anyone
who does wrong,
    and don’t envy them.
They will soon disappear
    like grass without rain.

Trust the Lord and live right!
    The land will be yours,
    and you will be safe.
Do what the Lord wants,
    and he will give you
    your heart’s desire.

Let the Lord lead you
    and trust him to help.
Then it will be as clear
as the noonday sun
    that you were right.

Be patient and trust the Lord.
    Don’t let it bother you
when all goes well for those
    who do sinful things.
Don’t be angry or furious.
    Anger can lead to sin.
All sinners will disappear,
    but if you trust the Lord,
    the land will be yours.

10 Sinners will soon disappear,
    never to be found,
11 but the poor will take the land
    and enjoy a big harvest.

12 Merciless people make plots
against good people
    and snarl like animals,
13 but the Lord laughs and knows
    their time is coming soon.
14 The wicked kill with swords
and shoot arrows
to murder
    the poor and the needy
    and all who do right.
15 But they will be killed
    by their own swords,
    and their arrows
    will be broken.

16 It is better to live right
and be poor
    than to be sinful and rich.
17 The wicked will lose all
    of their power,
but the Lord gives strength
    to everyone who is good.

18 Those who obey the Lord
    are daily in his care,
    and what he has given them
    will be theirs forever.
19 They won’t be in trouble
    when times are bad,
    and they will have plenty
    when food is scarce.

20 Wicked people are enemies
    of the Lord
    and will vanish like smoke
    from a field on fire.

21 An evil person borrows
    and never pays back;
    a good person is generous
    and never stops giving.
22 Everyone the Lord blesses
    will receive the land;
    everyone the Lord curses
    will be destroyed.

23 If you do what the Lord wants,
    he will make certain
    each step you take is sure.
24 The Lord will hold your hand,
    and if you stumble,
    you still won’t fall.

25 As long as I can remember,
good people have never
    been left helpless,
    and their children have never
    gone begging for food.
26 They gladly give and lend,
    and their children
    turn out good.

27 If you stop sinning
    and start doing right,
    you will keep living
    and be secure forever.
28 The Lord loves justice,
    and he won’t ever desert
    his faithful people.
He always protects them,
    but destroys the children
    of the wicked.
29 God’s people will own the land
    and live here forever.

30 Words of wisdom come
    when good people speak
    for justice.
31 They remember God’s teachings,
    and they never take
    a wrong step.

32 The wicked try to trap
    and kill good people,
33 but the Lord is on their side,
    and he will defend them
    when they are on trial.

34 Trust the Lord and follow him.
    He will give you the land,
    and you will see
    the wicked destroyed.

35 I have seen brutal people
abuse others
    and grow strong
    like trees in rich soil.[a]
36 Suddenly they disappeared!
    I looked, but they were gone
    and no longer there.

37 Think of the bright future
waiting
for all the families
    of honest
    and innocent
    and peace-loving people.
38 But not a trace will be left
    of the wicked
    or their families.

39 The Lord protects his people,
    and they can come to him
    in times of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them
and saves them from the wicked
    because they run to him.

Footnotes

  1. 37.35 like. . . soil: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.