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Psalms 37

Psalm 37
Instruction in Wisdom
Of David.
1Do not be agitated by evildoers;
do not envy those who do wrong.#Ps 73:3; Pr 3:31; 23:17; 24:19
2For they wither quickly like grass
and wilt like tender green plants.#Ps 92:7; 129:6; Jms 1:11
3Trust in the Lord and do what is good;#Ps 62:8
dwell in the land and live securely.#37:3 Or and cultivate faithfulness, or and befriend faithfulness#Pr 2:21
4Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.#Ps 21:2; 145:19; Is 58:14
5Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act,#Ps 55:22; Pr 16:3; 1Pt 5:7
6making your righteousness shine like the dawn,
your justice like the noonday.#Ps 97:11; Is 58:8,10
7Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for him;#Ps 40:1; Lm 3:26
do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way,
by the person who carries out evil plans.#Jr 12:1
8Refrain from anger and give up your rage;
do not be agitated — it can only bring harm.#Eph 4:31; Col 3:8
9For evildoers will be destroyed,
but those who put their hope in the Lord
will inherit the land.#Pr 2:21; Is 57:13; 60:21
10A little while, and the wicked person will be no more;
though you look for him, he will not be there.#Jb 7:10; 24:24; Ps 37:35–36
11But the humble will inherit the land#Mt 5:5
and will enjoy abundant prosperity.#Ps 72:7
12The wicked person schemes against the righteous
and gnashes his teeth at him.#Ps 31:13,20; 35:16
13The Lord laughs at him#Ps 2:4; 59:8; Hab 1:10
because he sees that his day is coming.#1Sm 26:10
14The wicked have drawn the sword and strung the#37:14 Lit their bow
to bring down the poor and needy
and to slaughter those whose way is upright.#Ps 11:2; Lm 2:4
15Their swords will enter their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.#1Sm 2:4; Ps 46:9
16The little that the righteous person has is better
than the abundance of many wicked people.#Pr 15:16; 16:8
17For the arms of the wicked will be broken,#Ps 10:15
but the Lord supports the righteous.#Ps 145:14
18The Lord watches over the blameless all their days,
and their inheritance will last forever.#Ps 1:6
19They will not be disgraced in times of adversity;
they will be satisfied in days of hunger.#Jb 5:20; Ps 33:19
20But the wicked will perish;
the Lord’s enemies, like the glory of the pastures,
will fade away —
they will fade away like smoke.#Ps 68:2; Hs 13:3
21The wicked person borrows and does not repay,
but the righteous one is gracious and giving.#Ps 112:5,9
22Those who are blessed by the Lord will inherit the land,
but those cursed by him will be destroyed.#Pr 3:33
23A person’s steps are established by the Lord,
and he takes pleasure in his way.#1Sm 2:9; Ps 66:9
24Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed,
because the Lord supports him with his hand.#Ps 145:14; Pr 24:16; Mc 7:8
25I have been young and now I am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned
or his children begging for bread.#Pr 10:3; Is 41:17
26He is always generous, always lending,
and his children are a blessing.#Dt 15:8; Ps 112:5,9; Mt 5:42
27Turn away from evil, do what is good,
and settle permanently.#Ps 34:14; 102:28
28For the Lord loves justice
and will not abandon his faithful ones.#Dt 31:6; Heb 13:5
They are kept safe forever,
but the children of the wicked will be destroyed.#Ps 21:10; Pr 2:22
29The righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it permanently.#Pr 2:21; Is 60:21
30The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom;
his tongue speaks what is just.#Ps 49:3; 119:13; Pr 10:13
31The instruction of his God is in his heart;
his steps do not falter.#Dt 6:6; Ps 40:8; 119:11
32The wicked one lies in wait for the righteous
and intends to kill him;#Ps 10:8; 17:11
33the Lord will not leave him
in the power of the wicked one
or allow him to be condemned when he is judged.#Ps 34:22; 109:31; 2Pt 2:9
34Wait for the Lord and keep his way,
and he will exalt you to inherit the land.
You will watch when the wicked are destroyed.#Ps 27:14; 52:5–6; 91:8
35I have seen a wicked, violent person
well-rooted,#37:35 Hb obscure like a flourishing native tree.#Jb 5:3; Jr 12:2
36Then I#37:36 LXX, Syr, Vg, Jer; MT reads he passed by and noticed he was gone;
I searched for him, but he could not be found.#Jb 20:5
37Watch the blameless and observe the upright,
for the person of peace will have a future.#37:37 Or posterity, also in v. 38#Is 57:1–2
38But transgressors will all be eliminated;
the future of the wicked will be destroyed.#Ps 1:4–6; Pr 2:22
39The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord,
their refuge in a time of distress.#Ps 3:8; 9:9; 62:1
40The Lord helps and delivers them;
he will deliver them from the wicked and will save them
because they take refuge in him.#Ps 22:4; 34:22; 54:4

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