37 Don’t be ·upset [worried; angry] because of evil people. Don’t be jealous of those who do wrong [Prov. 24:1, 19], 2 because like the grass, they will ·soon [quickly] ·dry up [wither]. Like green plants, they will soon ·die [fade] away.
3 ·Trust [L Have confidence in] the Lord[Prov. 3:5] and do good. ·Live [Reside; Settle] in the land and ·feed on truth [or find reliable pastureland]. 4 Enjoy serving the Lord, and he will give you ·what you want [L the requests of your heart]. 5 ·Depend on [L Commit your way to] the Lord; ·trust [have confidence in] him, and he will take care of you [Prov. 16:3; 1 Pet. 5:7]. 6 Then your ·goodness [righteousness] will shine like the ·sun [L light], and your ·fairness [justice] like the noonday sun.
7 ·Wait [L Be quiet before] and ·trust [L wait for] the Lord. Don’t be ·upset [worried; angry] ·when others get rich [L with the prosperity/success of their way] or when ·someone else’s plans succeed [or they do evil deeds]. 8 ·Don’t get angry [L Hold back from anger; Abandon wrath]. Don’t be ·upset [worried; angry]; it only leads to ·trouble [or evil]. 9 Evil people will be ·sent away [L cut off], but those who ·trust [wait/pin their hope on] the Lord will inherit the land. 10 In a little while the wicked will be no more. You may look for them, but they will be ·gone [or no more]. 11 ·People who are not proud [L The humble/meek] will inherit the land [Matt. 5:5] and will enjoy ·complete peace [or much prosperity].
12 The wicked make evil plans against ·good [righteous] people. They ·grind [gnash] their teeth at them [C in anger]. 13 But the Lord laughs at the wicked, because he sees that their day [C of judgment] is coming. 14 The wicked draw their swords and ·bend [string] their bows to ·kill [L fell] the poor and helpless, to ·kill [slaughter] those ·who are honest [L whose way is straight]. 15 But their swords will ·stab [L enter] their own hearts, and their bows will break.
16 It is better to have little and be ·right [or righteous] than to have much and be ·wrong [or wicked; Prov. 15:16; 16:8, 19]. 17 The ·power [L arm] of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord ·supports [upholds] those who ·do right [are righteous]. 18 The Lord ·watches over [L knows] the ·lives [L days] of the ·innocent [blameless], and their ·reward [inheritance] will last forever. 19 They will not be ashamed ·when trouble comes [L in the day of evil/trouble]. They will be ·full [satisfied; satiated] in times of ·hunger [famine]. 20 But the wicked will ·die [perish]. The Lord’s enemies will be like the ·beauty [best] of the ·fields [L pastures; C flowers or animals]; ·they will disappear [L vanishing, they will vanish] ·like [or in] smoke. 21 The wicked borrow and don’t pay back, but ·those who do right [the righteous] give freely to others. 22 Those whom ·the Lord[L he] blesses will inherit the land, but those he curses will be ·sent away [L cut off].
23 When people’s steps ·follow [L are made firm/established by] the Lord[Prov. 24:16], God ·is pleased with [delights in] their ways. 24 If they stumble, they will not fall, because the Lord ·holds [upholds] their hand.
25 I was young, and now I am old, but I have never seen ·good [righteous] people ·left helpless [abandoned; forsaken; Gen. 28:15; Matt. 28:20] or their ·children [seed] ·begging for [seeking] food [Prov. 10:3]. 26 Good people always lend freely to others, and their ·children [seed] are a blessing.
27 ·Stop doing [Turn aside from] evil and do good, so you will ·live [dwell] forever. 28 The Lord loves ·justice [judgment] and will not ·leave [abandon; forsake] ·those who worship him [his loyal ones/saints]. He will always ·protect [keep; guard] them, but the ·children [seed] of the wicked will ·die [L be cut off]. 29 ·Good [Righteous] people will inherit the land and will ·live [dwell] in it forever.
30 ·Good people speak with [L The mouth of the righteous mutters] wisdom, and ·they say what is fair [L their tongue speaks justice/judgment]. 31 The ·teachings [instructions; laws] of their God are in their heart [Jer. 31:33], so ·they do not fail to keep them [L their steps do not slip/slide/totter]. 32 The wicked watch for ·good [righteous] people ·so that they may [L to seek to] kill them [Prov. 1:8–19]. 33 But the Lord will not ·take away his protection [L abandon/forsake them to their hand/power/control] or let ·good people be judged guilty [them be condemned when brought to trial].
34 ·Wait for [Hope in] the Lord and ·follow him [L keep/guard his way]. He will ·honor [exalt] you and ·give you [you will inherit] the land, and you will see the wicked ·sent away [or destroyed].
35 I saw a wicked and ·cruel [oppressive] man who ·looked [flourished] like a luxurious cedar tree [C strong and healthy]. 36 But he ·died [passed on] and was ·gone [no more]; I ·looked for [sought] him, but he couldn’t be found.
37 ·Think of [Observe] the ·innocent [blameless] person, and watch the ·honest [upright; virtuous] one. The man who has peace will have ·children to live after him [posterity]. 38 But sinners will be destroyed; ·in the end [or the posterity of] the wicked will ·die [L be cut off].
39 The Lord ·saves [rescues; T delivers] ·good [righteous] people; he is their strength in times of ·trouble [distress]. 40 The Lord helps them and ·saves [rescues; T delivers] them; he ·saves [rescues; T delivers] them from the wicked, because they ·trust [take refuge] in him for protection.
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