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Psalm 37 New Century Version (NCV)

God Will Reward Fairly

Of David.

37 Don’t be upset because of evil people.
    Don’t be jealous of those who do wrong,
because like the grass, they will soon dry up.
    Like green plants, they will soon die away.

Trust the Lord and do good.
    Live in the land and feed on truth.
Enjoy serving the Lord,
    and he will give you what you want.
Depend on the Lord;
    trust him, and he will take care of you.
Then your goodness will shine like the sun,
    and your fairness like the noonday sun.

Wait and trust the Lord.
    Don’t be upset when others get rich
    or when someone else’s plans succeed.
Don’t get angry.
    Don’t be upset; it only leads to trouble.
Evil people will be sent away,
    but those who trust 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.
11 People who are not proud will inherit the land
    and 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,
    because he sees that their day is coming.
14 The wicked draw their swords
    and bend their bows
to kill the poor and helpless,
    to kill those who are honest.
15 But their swords will stab their own hearts,
    and their bows will break.

16 It is 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,
    and 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 borrow and don’t pay back,
    but those who do right give freely to others.
22 Those whom the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
    but those he curses will be sent away.

23 When people’s steps follow the Lord,
    God is pleased with their ways.
24 If they stumble, they will not fall,
    because the Lord holds their hand.

25 I was young, and now I am old,
    but I have never seen good people left helpless
    or 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,
    so you will live forever.
28 The Lord loves justice
    and 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
    and will live in it forever.

30 Good people speak with wisdom,
    and they say what is fair.
31 The teachings of their God are in their heart,
    so they do not fail to keep them.
32 The wicked watch for good people
    so that they may kill them.
33 But the Lord will not take away his protection
    or let good people be judged 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 sent away.

35 I saw a wicked and cruel man
    who 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,
    and 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 strength 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.

New Century Version (NCV)

The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Psalm 37 Living Bible (TLB)

37 Never envy the wicked! Soon they fade away like grass and disappear. Trust in the Lord instead. Be kind and good to others; then you will live safely here in the land and prosper, feeding in safety.

Be delighted with the Lord. Then he will give you all your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him to help you do it, and he will. Your innocence will be clear to everyone. He will vindicate you with the blazing light of justice shining down as from the noonday sun.

Rest in the Lord; wait patiently for him to act. Don’t be envious of evil men who prosper.

Stop your anger! Turn off your wrath. Don’t fret and worry—it only leads to harm. For the wicked shall be destroyed, but those who trust the Lord shall be given every blessing. 10 Only a little while and the wicked shall disappear. You will look for them in vain. 11 But all who humble themselves before the Lord shall be given every blessing and shall have wonderful peace.

12-13 The Lord is laughing at those who plot against the godly, for he knows their judgment day is coming. 14 Evil men take aim to slay the poor; they are ready to butcher those who do right. 15 But their swords will be plunged into their own hearts, and all their weapons will be broken.

16 It is better to have little and be godly than to own an evil man’s wealth; 17 for the strength of evil men shall be broken, but the Lord takes care of those he has forgiven.[a]

18 Day by day the Lord observes the good deeds done by godly men,[b] and gives them eternal rewards. 19 He cares for them when times are hard; even in famine, they will have enough. 20 But evil men shall perish. These enemies of God will wither like grass and disappear like smoke. 21 Evil men borrow and “cannot pay it back”! But the good man returns what he owes with some extra besides. 22 Those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the earth, but those cursed by him shall die.

23 The steps of good men are directed by the Lord. He delights in each step they take. 24 If they fall, it isn’t fatal, for the Lord holds them with his hand.

25 I have been young and now I am old. And in all my years I have never seen the Lord forsake a man who loves him; nor have I seen the children of the godly go hungry. 26 Instead, the godly are able to be generous with their gifts and loans to others, and their children are a blessing.

27 So if you want an eternal home, leave your evil, low-down ways and live good lives. 28 For the Lord loves justice and fairness; he will never abandon his people. They will be kept safe forever; but all who love wickedness shall perish.

29 The godly shall be firmly planted in the land and live there forever. 30-31 The godly man is a good counselor because he is just and fair and knows right from wrong.

32 Evil men spy on the godly, waiting for an excuse to accuse them and then demanding their death. 33 But the Lord will not let these evil men succeed, nor let the godly be condemned when they are brought before the judge.

34 Don’t be impatient for the Lord to act! Keep traveling steadily along his pathway and in due season he will honor you with every blessing,[c] and you will see the wicked destroyed. 35-36 I myself have seen it happen: a proud and evil man, towering like a cedar of Lebanon, but when I looked again, he was gone! I searched but could not find him! 37 But the good man—what a different story! For the good man—the blameless, the upright, the man of peace—he has a wonderful future ahead of him. For him there is a happy ending. 38 But evil men shall be destroyed, and their posterity shall be cut off.

39 The Lord saves the godly! He is their salvation and their refuge when trouble comes. 40 Because they trust in him, he helps them and delivers them from the plots of evil men.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 37:17 those he has forgiven, literally, “the righteous.”
  2. Psalm 37:18 observes the good deeds done by godly men, literally, “knows the days of the upright.”
  3. Psalm 37:34 with every blessing, literally, “to possess the land.”
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The Living Bible copyright © 1971 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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