Psalm 37New International Version (NIV)
1 Do not fret because of those who are evil
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
7 Be still before the Lord
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
12 The wicked plot against the righteous
14 The wicked draw the sword
16 Better the little that the righteous have
18 The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,
20 But the wicked will perish:
21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
23 The Lord makes firm the steps
25 I was young and now I am old,
27 Turn from evil and do good;
Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed[c];
30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
34 Hope in the Lord
35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
Psalm 37Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
[A Psalm] of David.
1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness (that which is not upright or in right standing with God).
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
3 Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.
6 And He will make your uprightness and right standing with God go forth as the light, and your justice and right as [the shining sun of] the noonday.
7 Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.
8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself—it tends only to evildoing.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait and hope and look for the Lord [in the end] shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while, and the evildoers will be no more; though you look with care where they used to be, they will not be found.
11 But the meek [in the end] shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12 The wicked plot against the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright in right standing with God); they gnash at them with their teeth.
13 The Lord laughs at [the wicked], for He sees that their own day [of defeat] is coming.
14 The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who walk uprightly (blameless in conduct and in conversation).
15 The swords [of the wicked] shall enter their own hearts, and their bows shall be broken.
16 Better is the little that the [uncompromisingly] righteous have than the abundance [of possessions] of many who are wrong and wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the [consistently] righteous.
18 The Lord knows the days of the upright and blameless, and their heritage will abide forever.
19 They shall not be put to shame in the time of evil; 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 [that is consumed in smoke] and as the glory of the pastures. They shall vanish; like smoke shall they consume away.
21 The wicked borrow and pay not again [for they may be unable], but the [uncompromisingly] righteous deal kindly and give [for they are able].
22 For such as are blessed of God shall [in the end] inherit the earth, but they that are cursed of Him shall be cut off.
23 The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step].
24 Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him.
25 I have been young and now am old, yet have I not seen the [uncompromisingly] righteous forsaken or their seed begging bread.
26 All day long they are merciful and deal graciously; they lend, and their offspring are blessed.
27 Depart from evil and do good; and you will dwell forever [securely].
28 For the Lord delights in justice and forsakes not His saints; they are preserved forever, but the offspring of the wicked [in time] shall be cut off.
29 [Then] the [consistently] righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever.
30 The mouth of the [uncompromisingly] righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks with justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
32 The wicked lie in wait for the [uncompromisingly] righteous and seek to put them to death.
33 The Lord will not leave them in their hands, or [suffer them to] condemn them when they are judged.
34 Wait for and expect the Lord and keep and heed His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land; [in the end] when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
35 I have seen a wicked man in great power and spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil,
36 Yet he passed away, and behold, he was not; yes, I sought and inquired for him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the blameless man and behold the upright, for there is a happy end for the man of peace.
38 As for transgressors, they shall be destroyed together; in the end the wicked shall be cut off.
39 But the salvation of the [consistently] righteous is of the Lord; He is their Refuge and secure Stronghold in the time of trouble.
40 And the Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they trust and take refuge in Him.
Psalm 37New Living Translation (NLT)
A psalm of David.
1 Don’t worry about the wicked
3 Trust in the Lord and do good.
5 Commit everything you do to the Lord.
7 Be still in the presence of the Lord,
8 Stop being angry!
10 Soon the wicked will disappear.
12 The wicked plot against the godly;
14 The wicked draw their swords
16 It is better to be godly and have little
18 Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent,
20 But the wicked will die.
21 The wicked borrow and never repay,
23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
25 Once I was young, and now I am old.
27 Turn from evil and do good,
He will keep them safe forever,
30 The godly offer good counsel;
32 The wicked wait in ambush for the godly,
34 Put your hope in the Lord.
35 I have seen wicked and ruthless people
37 Look at those who are honest and good,
39 The Lord rescues the godly;
Psalm 37The Message (MSG)
A David Psalm
37 1-2 Don’t bother your head with braggarts
3-4 Get insurance with God and do a good deed,
5-6 Open up before God, keep nothing back;
7 Quiet down before God,
8-9 Bridle your anger, trash your wrath,
10-11 Before you know it, the wicked will have had it;
12-13 Bad guys have it in for the good guys,
14-15 Bullies brandish their swords,
16-17 Less is more and more is less.
18-19 God keeps track of the decent folk;
20 God-despisers have had it;
21-22 Wicked borrows and never returns;
23-24 Stalwart walks in step with God;
25-26 I once was young, now I’m a graybeard—
27-28 Turn your back on evil,
28-29 Live this way and you’ve got it made,
30-31 Righteous chews on wisdom like a dog on a bone,
32-33 Wicked sets a watch for Righteous,
34 Wait passionately for God,
35-36 I saw Wicked bloated like a toad,
37-38 Keep your eye on the healthy soul,
39-40 The spacious, free life is from God,
Psalm 37New King James Version (NKJV)
The Heritage of the Righteous and the Calamity of the Wicked
A Psalm of David.
37 Do not fret because of evildoers,
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
5 Commit your way to the Lord,
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
9 For evildoers shall be cut off;
12 The wicked plots against the just,
16 A little that a righteous man has
18 The Lord knows the days of the upright,
21 The wicked borrows and does not repay,
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
25 I have been young, and now am old;
27 Depart from evil, and do good;
30 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom,
32 The wicked watches the righteous,
34 Wait on the Lord,
37 Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright;
39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
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