1 To David. [The psalm of David.] Do not thou pursue [or follow] wicked men; neither love thou men doing wickedness.
2For they shall wax dry swiftly as hay; and they shall fall down soon as the worts of herbs.
3Hope thou in the Lord, and do thou goodness; and inhabit thou the land, and thou shalt be fed with his riches.
4Delight thou in the Lord; and he shall give to thee the askings of thine heart.
5Show thy way to the Lord; and hope in him, and he shall do.
6And he shall lead out thy rightfulness [or rightwiseness] as light, and thy doom as midday;
7be thou subject to the Lord, and pray thou him. Do not thou pursue [or follow] him, that hath prosperity in his way; nor a man doing unright-fulness.
8Cease thou of ire, and forsake strong vengeance; do not thou pursue [or follow], that thou do wickedly.
9For they, that do wickedly, shall be destroyed; but they that suffer the Lord, shall inherit the land.
10And yet a little, and a sinner shall not be; and thou shalt seek his place, and thou shalt not find it.
11But mild men shall inherit the land; and shall delight in the multitude of peace.
12A sinner shall ambush the rightful [or rightwise] man; and he shall gnash with his teeth on him.
13But the Lord shall scorn the sinner; for he beholdeth that his day cometh.
14Sinners have drawn out sword; they bent their bow. To deceive a poor man and needy; to strangle rightful [or right] men of heart.
15Their sword enter into the heart of themselves; and their bow be broken.
16Better is a little thing to a just [or rightwise] man; than many riches of sinners.
17For the arms of sinners shall be all-broken; but the Lord confirmeth just [or rightwise] men.
18The Lord knoweth the days of [the] unwemmed; and their heritage shall be without end.
19They shall not be shamed in the evil time, and they shall be [ful] filled in the days of hunger;
20for sinners shall perish. Forsooth anon as the enemies of the Lord be honoured, and enhanced; they failing shall fail as smoke.
21A sinner shall borrow, and shall not pay back; but a just [or rightwise] man hath mercy, and shall give.
22For they that bless the Lord shall inherit the land; but they that curse him shall perish.
23The goings of a man shall be dressed with the Lord; and he shall delight in his way.
24When he falleth, he shall not be hurtled or hurled down; for the Lord undersetteth his hand.
25I was younger, and soothly I waxed eld; and I saw not a just [or rightwise] man forsaken, neither his seed seeking bread.
26All day he hath mercy, and lendeth; and his seed shall be in blessing.
27Bow thou away from evil, and do good; and dwell thou into the world of world.
28For the Lord loveth doom, and shall not forsake his saints; they shall be kept without end. Unjust men shall be punished; and the seed of wicked men shall perish.
29But just [or rightwise] men shall inherit the land; and shall inhabit thereon into the world of world.
30The mouth of a just [or rightwise] man shall bethink wisdom; and his tongue shall speak doom.
31The law of his God is in his heart; and his steps shall not be deceived.
32A sinner beholdeth a just [or right-wise] man; and seeketh to slay him.
33But the Lord shall not forsake him in his hands; neither he shall condemn him, when it shall be deemed against him.
34Abide thou the Lord, and keep thou his way, and he shall enhance thee, that by heritage thou take the land; when sinners shall perish, thou shalt see.
35I saw the wicked man enhanced above; and raised up as the cedars of Lebanon.
36And I passed by, and lo! he was not there; I sought him, and his place was not found.
37Keep thou innocence, and see equity; for those [or they] be relics or remnants to a peaceable man.
38Forsooth unjust men shall perish; the remnants or relics of wicked men shall perish altogether.
39But the health of just [or rightwise] men is of the Lord; and he is their defender in the time of tribulation.
40And the Lord shall help them, and shall make them free, and he shall deliver them from sinners; and he shall save them, for they hoped in him.