37 Don’t be upset because of evil people. Don’t be jealous of those who do wrong. 2 Like the grass, they will soon dry up. Like green plants, they will soon die away.
3 Trust the Lord and do good. Live in the land and enjoy its safety. 4 Enjoy serving the Lord. And he will give you what you want. 5 Depend on the Lord. Trust him, and he will take care of you. 6 Then your goodness will shine like the sun. Your fairness will shine like the noonday sun.
7 Wait and trust the Lord. Don’t be upset when others get rich or when someone else’s plans succeed. 8 Don’t get angry. Don’t be upset; it only leads to trouble. 9 Evil people will be sent away. But people who trust the Lord will inherit the land. 10 In a little while there will be no more wicked people. You may look for them, but they will be gone. 11 People who are not proud will inherit the land. They will enjoy complete peace.
12 The wicked make evil plans against good people. They grind their teeth at them in anger. 13 But the Lord laughs at the wicked. He sees that their day is coming. 14 The wicked draw their swords. They bend their bows. They try to kill the poor and helpless. They want to kill those who are honest. 15 But their swords will stab their own hearts. Their bows will break.
16 It’s better to have little and be right than to have much and be wrong. 17 The power of the wicked will be broken. But the Lord supports those who do right. 18 The Lord watches over the lives of the innocent. Their reward will last forever. 19 They will not be ashamed when trouble comes. They will be full in times of hunger. 20 But the wicked will die. The Lord’s enemies will be like the flowers of the fields. They will disappear like smoke. 21 The wicked people borrow but don’t pay back. But those who do right give freely to others. 22 Those people the Lord blesses will inherit the land. But those he curses will be sent away.
23 When a man’s steps follow the Lord, God is pleased with his ways. 24 If he stumbles, he will not fall, because the Lord holds his hand.
25 I was young, and now I am old. But I have never seen the Lord leave good people helpless. I have never seen their children begging for food. 26 Good people always lend freely to others. And their children are a blessing.
27 Stop doing evil and do good. Then you will live forever. 28 The Lord loves justice. He will not leave those who worship him. He will always protect them. But the children of the wicked will die. 29 Good people will inherit the land. They will live in it forever.
30 A good person speaks with wisdom. He says what is fair. 31 The teachings of his God are in his heart. He does not fail to keep them. 32 The wicked watch for good people. They want to kill them. 33 The Lord will not take away his protection. He will not judge good people guilty.
34 Wait for the Lord’s help and follow him. He will honor you and give you the land. And you will see the wicked people sent away.
35 I saw a wicked and cruel man. He looked strong like a healthy tree in good soil. 36 But he died and was gone. I looked for him, but he couldn’t be found.
37 Think of the innocent person. Watch the honest one. The man who has peace will have children to live after him. 38 But sinners will be destroyed. In the end the wicked will die.
39 The Lord saves good people. He is their strong city in times of trouble. 40 The Lord helps them and saves them. He saves them from the wicked because they trust in him for protection.
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