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Psalm 37 Good News Translation (GNT)

The Destiny of the Wicked and of the Good[a]

37 Don't be worried on account of the wicked;
    don't be jealous of those who do wrong.
They will soon disappear like grass that dries up;
    they will die like plants that wither.

Trust in the Lord and do good;
    live in the land and be safe.
Seek your happiness in the Lord,
    and he will give you your heart's desire.

Give yourself to the Lord;
    trust in him, and he will help you;
he will make your righteousness shine like the noonday sun.

Be patient and wait for the Lord to act;
    don't be worried about those who prosper
    or those who succeed in their evil plans.

Don't give in to worry or anger;
    it only leads to trouble.
Those who trust in the Lord will possess the land,
    but the wicked will be driven out.

10 Soon the wicked will disappear;
    you may look for them, but you won't find them;
11 but the humble will possess the land
    and enjoy prosperity and peace.

12 The wicked plot against good people
    and glare at them with hate.
13 But the Lord laughs at wicked people,
    because he knows they will soon be destroyed.

14 The wicked draw their swords and bend their bows
    to kill the poor and needy,
    to slaughter those who do what is right;
15 but they will be killed by their own swords,
    and their bows will be smashed.

16 The little that a good person owns
    is worth more than the wealth of all the wicked,
17 because the Lord will take away the strength of the wicked,
    but protect those who are good.

18 The Lord takes care of those who obey him,
    and the land will be theirs forever.
19 They will not suffer when times are bad;
    they will have enough in time of famine.
20 But the wicked will die;
    the enemies of the Lord will vanish like wild flowers;
    they will disappear like smoke.

21 The wicked borrow and never pay back,
    but good people are generous with their gifts.
22 Those who are blessed by the Lord will possess the land,
    but those who are cursed by him will be driven out.

23 The Lord guides us in the way we should go
    and protects those who please him.
24 If they fall, they will not stay down,
    because the Lord will help them up.

25 I am old now; I have lived a long time,
    but I have never seen good people abandoned by the Lord
    or their children begging for food.
26 At all times they give freely and lend to others,
    and their children are a blessing.

27 Turn away from evil and do good,
    and your descendants will always live in the land;
28 for the Lord loves what is right
    and does not abandon his faithful people.
He protects them forever,
    but the descendants of the wicked will be driven out.
29 The righteous will possess the land
    and live in it forever.

30 The words of good people are wise,
    and they are always fair.
31 They keep the law of their God in their hearts
    and never depart from it.

32 Wicked people watch good people
    and try to kill them;
33 but the Lord will not abandon them to their enemy's power
    or let them be condemned when they are on trial.

34 Put your hope in the Lord and obey his commands;
    he will honor you by giving you the land,
    and you will see the wicked driven out.

35 I once knew someone wicked who was a tyrant;
    he towered over everyone like a cedar of Lebanon;[b]
36 but later I[c] passed by, and he wasn't there;
    I looked for him, but couldn't find him.

37 Notice good people, observe the righteous;
    peaceful people have descendants,
38 but sinners are completely destroyed,
    and their descendants are wiped out.

39 The Lord saves the righteous
    and protects them in times of trouble.
40 He helps them and rescues them;
    he saves them from the wicked,
    because they go to him for protection.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 37:1 HEBREW TITLE: By David.
  2. Psalm 37:35 One ancient translation like a cedar of Lebanon; Hebrew unclear.
  3. Psalm 37:36 Some ancient translations I; Hebrew he.
Good News Translation (GNT)

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Psalm 37 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 37[a]

Of David.

Do not fret because of those who are evil
    or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither,
    like green plants they will soon die away.

Trust in the Lord and do good;
    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
    your vindication like the noonday sun.

Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
    do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed,
    but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
    though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
    and enjoy peace and prosperity.

12 The wicked plot against the righteous
    and gnash their teeth at them;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
    for he knows their day is coming.

14 The wicked draw the sword
    and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
    to slay those whose ways are upright.
15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
    and their bows will be broken.

16 Better the little that the righteous have
    than the wealth of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,
    but the Lord upholds the righteous.

18 The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,
    and their inheritance will endure forever.
19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
    in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

20 But the wicked will perish:
    Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,
    they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.

21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
    but the righteous give generously;
22 those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
    but those he curses will be destroyed.

23 The Lord makes firm the steps
    of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
    for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

25 I was young and now I am old,
    yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
    or their children begging bread.
26 They are always generous and lend freely;
    their children will be a blessing.[b]

27 Turn from evil and do good;
    then you will dwell in the land forever.
28 For the Lord loves the just
    and will not forsake his faithful ones.

Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed[c];
    the offspring of the wicked will perish.
29 The righteous will inherit the land
    and dwell in it forever.

30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
    and their tongues speak what is just.
31 The law of their God is in their hearts;
    their feet do not slip.

32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
    intent on putting them to death;
33 but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked
    or let them be condemned when brought to trial.

34 Hope in the Lord
    and keep his way.
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
    when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.

35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
    flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,
36 but he soon passed away and was no more;
    though I looked for him, he could not be found.

37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
    a future awaits those who seek peace.[d]
38 But all sinners will be destroyed;
    there will be no future[e] for the wicked.

39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
    he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;
    he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
    because they take refuge in him.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 37:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
  2. Psalm 37:26 Or freely; / the names of their children will be used in blessings (see Gen. 48:20); or freely; / others will see that their children are blessed
  3. Psalm 37:28 See Septuagint; Hebrew They will be protected forever
  4. Psalm 37:37 Or upright; / those who seek peace will have posterity
  5. Psalm 37:38 Or posterity
New International Version (NIV)

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