Don’t be upset by evildoers
or envious of those who do wrong,
2for soon they will wither like grass
and fade like the green in the fields.
3Trust in Adonai, and do good;
settle in the land, and feed on faithfulness.
4Then you will delight yourself in Adonai,
and he will give you your heart’s desire.
5Commit your way to Adonai;
trust in him, and he will act.
6He will make your vindication shine forth like light,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
7Be still before Adonai;
wait patiently till he comes.
Don’t be upset by those whose way
succeeds because of their wicked plans.
8Stop being angry, put aside rage,
and don’t be upset — it leads to evil.
9For evildoers will be cut off,
but those hoping in Adonai will inherit the land.
10Soon the wicked will be no more;
you will look for his place, and he won’t be there.
11But the meek will inherit the land
and delight themselves in abundant peace.
12The wicked plots against the righteous
and grinds his teeth at him;
13but Adonai laughs at the wicked,
knowing his day will come.
14The wicked have unsheathed their swords,
they have strung their bows
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slaughter those whose way is upright.
15But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
16Better the little that the righteous has
than the wealth of all the wicked.
17For the arms of the wicked will be broken,
but Adonai upholds the righteous.
18Adonai knows what the wholehearted suffer,
but their inheritance lasts forever.
19They will not be distressed when times are hard;
when famine comes, they will have plenty.
20For the wicked will perish;
Adonai’s enemies will be like sheep fat,
ending up as smoke, finished.
21The wicked borrows and doesn’t repay,
but the righteous is generous and gives.
22For those blessed by [Adonai] will inherit the land,
but those cursed by him will be cut off.
23Adonai directs a person’s steps,
and he delights in his way.
24He may stumble, but he won’t fall headlong,
for Adonai holds him by the hand.
25I have been young; now I am old;
yet not once have I seen the righteous abandoned
or his descendants begging for bread.
26All day long he is generous and lends,
and his descendants are blessed.
27If you turn from evil and do good,
you will live safely forever.
28For Adonai loves justice
and will not abandon his faithful;
they are preserved forever.
But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.
29The righteous will inherit the land
and live in it forever.
30The mouth of the righteous articulates wisdom,
his tongue speaks justice.
31The Torah of his God is in his heart;
his footsteps do not falter.
32The wicked keeps his eye on the righteous,
seeking a chance to kill him.
33But Adonai will not leave him in his power
or let him be condemned when judged.
34Put your hope in Adonai, keep to his way,
and he will raise you up to inherit the land.
When the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
35I have seen a wicked man wielding great power,
flourishing like a shade tree in its native soil.
36But I passed by again, and he was no longer there;
I looked for him, but he could not be found.
37Observe the pure person, consider the upright;
for the peaceful person will have posterity.
38But transgressors will all be destroyed;
the posterity of the wicked will be cut off.
39Adonai is the one who saves the righteous;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40Adonai helps them and rescues them,
rescues them from the wicked and saves them;
because they take refuge in him.