God Will Reward Fairly
1Don’t be upset because of evil people.
Don’t be jealous of those who do wrong,
2because like the grass, they will soon dry up.
Like green plants, they will soon die away.
3Trust the Lord and do good.
Live in the land and feed on truth.
4Enjoy serving the Lord,
and he will give you what you want.
5Depend on the Lord;
trust him, and he will take care of you.
6Then your goodness will shine like the sun,
and your fairness like the noonday sun.
7Wait and trust the Lord.
Don’t be upset when others get rich
or when someone else’s plans succeed.
8Don’t get angry.
Don’t be upset; it only leads to trouble.
9Evil people will be sent away,
but those who trust the Lord will inherit the land.
10In a little while the wicked will be no more.
You may look for them, but they will be gone.
11People who are not proud will inherit the land
and will enjoy complete peace.
12The wicked make evil plans against good people.
They grind their teeth at them in anger.
13But the Lord laughs at the wicked,
because he sees that their day is coming.
14The wicked draw their swords
and bend their bows
to kill the poor and helpless,
to kill those who are honest.
15But their swords will stab their own hearts,
and their bows will break.
16It is better to have little and be right
than to have much and be wrong.
17The power of the wicked will be broken,
but the Lord supports those who do right.
18The Lord watches over the lives of the innocent,
and their reward will last forever.
19They will not be ashamed when trouble comes.
They will be full in times of hunger.
20But the wicked will die.
The Lord’s enemies will be like the flowers of the fields;
they will disappear like smoke.
21The wicked borrow and don’t pay back,
but those who do right give freely to others.
22Those whom the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
but those he curses will be sent away.
23When people’s steps follow the Lord,
God is pleased with their ways.
24If they stumble, they will not fall,
because the Lord holds their hand.
25I was young, and now I am old,
but I have never seen good people left helpless
or their children begging for food.
26Good people always lend freely to others,
and their children are a blessing.
27Stop doing evil and do good,
so you will live forever.
28The Lord loves justice
and will not leave those who worship him.
He will always protect them,
but the children of the wicked will die.
29Good people will inherit the land
and will live in it forever.
30Good people speak with wisdom,
and they say what is fair.
31The teachings of their God are in their heart,
so they do not fail to keep them.
32The wicked watch for good people
so that they may kill them.
33But the Lord will not take away his protection
or let good people be judged guilty.
34Wait 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.
35I saw a wicked and cruel man
who looked strong like a healthy tree in good soil.
36But he died and was gone;
I looked for him, but he couldn’t be found.
37Think of the innocent person,
and watch the honest one.
The man who has peace
will have children to live after him.
38But sinners will be destroyed;
in the end the wicked will die.
39The Lord saves good people;
he is their strength in times of trouble.
40The Lord helps them and saves them;
he saves them from the wicked,
because they trust in him for protection.