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Psalm 37

A Psalm of David.

Fret not thyself because of evildoers,
neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
and wither as the green herb.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Delight thyself also in the Lord;
and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Commit thy way unto the Lord;
trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light,
and thy judgment as the noonday.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him:
fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way,
because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:
fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
For evildoers shall be cut off:
but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be:
yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth;
and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12 The wicked plotteth against the just,
and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13 The Lord shall laugh at him:
for he seeth that his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow,
to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.
15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart,
and their bows shall be broken.
16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken:
but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.
18 The Lord knoweth the days of the upright:
and their inheritance shall be for ever.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time:
and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
20 But the wicked shall perish,
and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs:
they shall consume;
into smoke shall they consume away.
21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again:
but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth;
and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord:
and he delighteth in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old;
yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth;
and his seed is blessed.
27 Depart from evil, and do good;
and dwell for evermore.
28 For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints;
they are preserved for ever:
but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land,
and dwell therein for ever.
30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom,
and his tongue talketh of judgment.
31 The law of his God is in his heart;
none of his steps shall slide.
32 The wicked watcheth the righteous,
and seeketh to slay him.
33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand,
nor condemn him when he is judged.
34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way,
and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land:
when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
35 I have seen the wicked in great power,
and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not:
yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright:
for the end of that man is peace.
38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together:
the end of the wicked shall be cut off.
39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord:
he is their strength in the time of trouble.
40 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them:
he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them,
because they trust in him.

Psalm 37

A Psalm of David.

Do not fret because of evildoers,
    nor be jealous of those who do injustice.
For they will quickly wither like the grass,
    and fade like the green herbs.

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    dwell in the land, and practice faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
    and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust also in Him, and He will bring it to pass.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
    and your judgment as the noonday.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
    do not fret because of those who prosper in their way,
    because of those who make wicked schemes.

Let go of anger, and forsake wrath;
    do not fret—it surely leads to evil deeds.
For evildoers will be cut off,
    but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the earth.

10 For yet a little while, and the wicked will not be;
    you will look diligently for their place, and it will not be.
11 But the meek will inherit the earth,
    and will delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

12 The wicked plot against the righteous,
    and grind their teeth against them.
13 The Lord will laugh at him,
    for He sees that his day is coming.

14 The wicked have drawn out the sword
    and have bent their bow,
to cast down the poor and needy,
    and to slay those on the upright path.
15 Their sword will enter into their own heart,
    and their bows will be broken.

16 Better is a little that the righteous has
    than the abundance of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked will be broken,
    but the Lord supports the righteous.

18 The Lord knows the days of people of integrity,
    and their inheritance will be forever.
19 They will not be ashamed in the evil time,
    and in the days of famine they will be satisfied.

20 But the wicked will perish,
    and the enemies of the Lord will be like the glory of pastures;
    they will waste away, in smoke they will waste away.

21 The wicked borrows and does not repay,
    but the righteous is gracious and gives.
22 For those who are blessed of Him will inherit the earth,
    but those who are cursed of Him will be cut off.

23 The steps of a man are made firm by the Lord;
    He delights in his way.
24 Though he falls, he will not be hurled down,
    for the Lord supports him with His hand.

25 I have been young, and now am old;
    yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
    nor their offspring begging bread.
26 The righteous are gracious and lend,
    and their offspring are a source of blessing.

27 Depart from evil and do good,
    and abide forevermore.
28 For the Lord loves justice,
    and does not forsake His saints;
they are preserved forever,
    but the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.
29 The righteous will inherit the land,
    and dwell on it forever.

30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
    and their tongue speaks justice.
31 The law of their God is in their heart;
    none of their steps will slip.

32 The wicked watch the righteous,
    and seek to kill them.
33 The Lord will not forsake them to their hand,
    nor condemn them when they are judged.

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

35 I have seen the wicked in great power,
    and spreading himself like a luxuriant tree.
36 Yet he passed away, and he was not;
    I sought him, but he could not be found.

37 Mark the blameless man, and consider the upright,
    for the end of that man is peace.
38 But the transgressors will be destroyed together;
    the end of the wicked is to be cut off.

39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
    He is their refuge in the time of distress.
40 The Lord will help them and deliver them;
    He will deliver them from the wicked,
    and save them, because they take refuge in Him.

The Heritage of the Righteous and the Calamity of the Wicked

A Psalm of David.

37 Do(A) not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down (B)like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
(C)Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your (D)heart.

(E)Commit[a] your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
(F)He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.

Rest in the Lord, (G)and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who (H)prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
(I)Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
(J)Do not fret—it only causes harm.

For evildoers shall be [b]cut off;
But those who wait on the Lord,
They shall (K)inherit the earth.
10 For (L)yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;
Indeed, (M)you will look carefully for his place,
But it shall be no more.
11 (N)But the meek shall inherit the earth,
And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

12 The wicked plots against the just,
(O)And gnashes at him with his teeth.
13 (P)The Lord laughs at him,
For He sees that (Q)his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn the sword
And have bent their bow,
To cast down the poor and needy,
To slay those who are of upright conduct.
15 Their sword shall enter their own heart,
And their bows shall be broken.

16 (R)A little that a righteous man has
Is better than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
But the Lord upholds the righteous.

18 The Lord knows the days of the upright,
And their inheritance shall be forever.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time,
And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
20 But the wicked shall perish;
And the enemies of the Lord,
Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish.
Into smoke they shall vanish away.

21 The wicked borrows and does not repay,
But (S)the righteous shows mercy and gives.
22 (T)For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth,
But those cursed by Him shall be [c]cut off.

23 (U)The steps of a good man are [d]ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
24 (V)Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand.

25 I have been young, and now am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his descendants begging bread.
26 (W)He is [e]ever merciful, and lends;
And his descendants are blessed.

27 Depart from evil, and do good;
And dwell forevermore.
28 For the Lord loves justice,
And does not forsake His saints;
They are preserved forever,
But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 (X)The righteous shall inherit the land,
And dwell in it forever.

30 (Y)The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom,
And his tongue talks of justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart;
None of his steps shall [f]slide.

32 The wicked (Z)watches the righteous,
And seeks to slay him.
33 The Lord (AA)will not leave him in his hand,
Nor condemn him when he is judged.

34 (AB)Wait on the Lord,
And keep His way,
And He shall exalt you to inherit the land;
When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
35 I have seen the wicked in great power,
And spreading himself like a native green tree.
36 Yet [g]he passed away, and behold, he was no more;
Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.

37 Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright;
For the future of that man is peace.
38 (AC)But the transgressors shall be destroyed together;
The future of the wicked shall be cut off.

39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
He is their strength (AD)in the time of trouble.
40 And (AE)the Lord shall help them and deliver them;
He shall deliver them from the wicked,
And save them,
(AF)Because they trust in Him.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 37:5 Lit. Roll off onto
  2. Psalm 37:9 destroyed
  3. Psalm 37:22 destroyed
  4. Psalm 37:23 established
  5. Psalm 37:26 Lit. all the day
  6. Psalm 37:31 slip
  7. Psalm 37:36 So with MT, LXX, Tg.; Syr., Vg. I passed by

El camino de los malos

Salmo de David.

37  No te impacientes a causa de los malignos,
    Ni tengas envidia de los que hacen iniquidad.

Porque como hierba serán pronto cortados,
Y como la hierba verde se secarán.

Confía en Jehová, y haz el bien;
Y habitarás en la tierra, y te apacentarás de la verdad.

Deléitate asimismo en Jehová,
Y él te concederá las peticiones de tu corazón.

Encomienda a Jehová tu camino,
Y confía en él; y él hará.

Exhibirá tu justicia como la luz,
Y tu derecho como el mediodía.

Guarda silencio ante Jehová, y espera en él.
No te alteres con motivo del que prospera en su camino,
Por el hombre que hace maldades.

Deja la ira, y desecha el enojo;
No te excites en manera alguna a hacer lo malo.

Porque los malignos serán destruidos,
Pero los que esperan en Jehová, ellos heredarán la tierra.

10 Pues de aquí a poco no existirá el malo;
Observarás su lugar, y no estará allí.

11 Pero los mansos heredarán la tierra,(A)
Y se recrearán con abundancia de paz.

12 Maquina el impío contra el justo,
Y cruje contra él sus dientes;

13 El Señor se reirá de él;
Porque ve que viene su día.

14 Los impíos desenvainan espada y entesan su arco,
Para derribar al pobre y al menesteroso,
Para matar a los de recto proceder.

15 Su espada entrará en su mismo corazón,
Y su arco será quebrado.

16 Mejor es lo poco del justo,
Que las riquezas de muchos pecadores.

17 Porque los brazos de los impíos serán quebrados;
Mas el que sostiene a los justos es Jehová.

18 Conoce Jehová los días de los perfectos,
Y la heredad de ellos será para siempre.

19 No serán avergonzados en el mal tiempo,
Y en los días de hambre serán saciados.

20 Mas los impíos perecerán,
Y los enemigos de Jehová como la grasa de los carneros
Serán consumidos; se disiparán como el humo.

21 El impío toma prestado, y no paga;
Mas el justo tiene misericordia, y da.

22 Porque los benditos de él heredarán la tierra;
Y los malditos de él serán destruidos.

23 Por Jehová son ordenados los pasos del hombre,
Y él aprueba su camino.

24 Cuando el hombre cayere, no quedará postrado,
Porque Jehová sostiene su mano.

25 Joven fui, y he envejecido,
Y no he visto justo desamparado,
Ni su descendencia que mendigue pan.

26 En todo tiempo tiene misericordia, y presta;
Y su descendencia es para bendición.

27 Apártate del mal, y haz el bien,
Y vivirás para siempre.

28 Porque Jehová ama la rectitud,
Y no desampara a sus santos.
Para siempre serán guardados;
Mas la descendencia de los impíos será destruida.

29 Los justos heredarán la tierra,
Y vivirán para siempre sobre ella.

30 La boca del justo habla sabiduría,
Y su lengua habla justicia.

31 La ley de su Dios está en su corazón;
Por tanto, sus pies no resbalarán.

32 Acecha el impío al justo,
Y procura matarlo.

33 Jehová no lo dejará en sus manos,
Ni lo condenará cuando le juzgaren.

34 Espera en Jehová, y guarda su camino,
Y él te exaltará para heredar la tierra;
Cuando sean destruidos los pecadores, lo verás.

35 Vi yo al impío sumamente enaltecido,
Y que se extendía como laurel verde.

36 Pero él pasó, y he aquí ya no estaba;
Lo busqué, y no fue hallado.

37 Considera al íntegro, y mira al justo;
Porque hay un final dichoso para el hombre de paz.

38 Mas los transgresores serán todos a una destruidos;
La posteridad de los impíos será extinguida.

39 Pero la salvación de los justos es de Jehová,
Y él es su fortaleza en el tiempo de la angustia.

40 Jehová los ayudará y los librará;
Los libertará de los impíos, y los salvará,
Por cuanto en él esperaron.