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Psalm 37

He Will Not Forsake His Saints
# 37:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each stanza beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet Of David.
1 # ver. 7, 8; Prov. 24:19 Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
be not #Ps. 73:3; Prov. 3:31; 23:17; 24:1, 19envious of wrongdoers!
2For they will soon #Job 14:2; See Job 27:13-23 fade like #Ps. 90:5, 6 the grass
and wither #Ps. 129:6like the green herb.
3 # Ps. 62:8; 115:9-11; Prov. 3:5; Isa. 26:4 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
# Lev. 26:5; Prov. 2:21 dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.#37:3 Or and feed on faithfulness, or and find safe pasture
4 # Job 22:26; Isa. 58:14; [Phil. 3:1; 4:4] Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will #Matt. 6:33give you the desires of your heart.
5 # Ps. 22:8; 55:22; Prov. 16:3; 1 Pet. 5:7 Commit your way to the Lord;
# [See ver. 3 above] trust in him, and he will act.
6 # Isa. 58:8, 10; Mic. 7:9 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as #Job 11:17the noonday.
7 # [Ps. 62:1; Isa. 30:15; Lam. 3:26] Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
# ver. 1 fret not yourself over the one who #Jer. 12:1prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices!
8 # [Eph. 4:26] Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
# [See ver. 7 above] Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
9 # ver. 2, 22 For the evildoers shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the Lord shall #Ps. 25:13; Prov. 2:21; Isa. 57:13; 60:21inherit the land.
10In #Job 24:24 just a little while, the wicked will be no more;
though you look carefully at #Job 7:10his place, he will not be there.
11But #Cited Matt. 5:5 the meek shall inherit the land
and delight themselves in #Ps. 119:165; [Isa. 32:17]abundant peace.
12The wicked #Ps. 31:13 plots against the righteous
and #See Ps. 35:16gnashes his teeth at him,
13but the Lord #See Ps. 2:4 laughs at the wicked,
for he sees that his #See Job 18:20day is coming.
14The wicked draw the sword and #Ps. 7:12 bend their bows
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose #See Ps. 7:10way is upright;
15their sword shall enter their own heart,
and their #See 1 Sam. 2:4bows shall be broken.
16 # Prov. 15:16; 16:8; [1 Tim. 6:6] Better is the little that the righteous has
than the abundance of many wicked.
17For #Ps. 10:15; Job 38:15; Ezek. 30:21, 22 the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
but the Lord #ver. 24upholds the righteous.
18The Lord #See Ps. 1:6 knows the days of the blameless,
and their #ver. 9heritage will remain forever;
19they are not put to shame in evil times;
in #Ps. 33:19; Job 5:20the days of famine they have abundance.
20But the wicked will perish;
the enemies of the Lord are like #[Matt. 6:30; James 1:11] the glory of the pastures;
they vanish—like #Ps. 68:2; 102:3; Hos. 13:3smoke they vanish away.
21The wicked borrows but does not pay back,
but the righteous #ver. 26is generous and gives;
22for those blessed by the Lord#37:22 Hebrew by him shall #See ver. 9 inherit the land,
but those cursed by him #ver. 2shall be cut off.
23The #Ps. 25:12; 1 Sam. 2:9 steps of a man are #Ps. 40:2; 119:5established by the Lord,
when he delights in his way;
24 # Prov. 24:16; Mic. 7:8; 2 Cor. 4:9 though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
for the Lord #ver. 17upholds his hand.
25I have been young, and now am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or his children #[Ps. 109:10; Job 15:23]begging for bread.
26He is ever #Ps. 112:5, 9; Deut. 15:8, 10; Matt. 5:42; Luke 6:35lending generously,
and his children become a blessing.
27 # See Ps. 34:14 Turn away from evil and do good;
so shall you #[Ps. 102:28]dwell forever.
28For the Lord #See Ps. 11:7 loves justice;
he will not forsake his #See Ps. 16:10 saints.
They are preserved forever,
but the children of the wicked shall be #ver. 2, 9; Ps. 21:10; Prov. 2:22; Isa. 14:20cut off.
29The righteous shall inherit the land
and #[See ver. 27 above]dwell upon it forever.
30The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
and his tongue speaks justice.
31 # Ps. 40:8; 119:11; Deut. 6:6; Isa. 51:7; Jer. 31:33; [Rom. 7:22] The law of his God is in his heart;
his #[Ps. 73:2]steps do not slip.
32The wicked #Ps. 10:8watches for the righteous
and seeks to put him to death.
33The Lord will not #[2 Pet. 2:9] abandon him to his power
or let him #Ps. 109:31be condemned when he is brought to trial.
34 # ver. 9; See Ps. 27:14 Wait for the Lord and keep his way,
and he will exalt you to inherit the land;
you will look on #Ps. 52:5, 6; 91:8when the wicked are cut off.
35 # See Job 5:3 I have seen a wicked, ruthless man,
spreading himself like #[Ps. 52:8]a green laurel tree.#37:35 The identity of this tree is uncertain
36But he passed away,#37:36 Or But one passed by and behold, #ver. 10; Job 20:5he was no more;
though I sought him, he could not be found.
37Mark the blameless and behold the upright,
for there is a future for the man of #ver. 11; Ps. 119:165; Isa. 57:2peace.
38But #[Ps. 52:5; 104:35; Prov. 2:22] transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;
the future of the wicked #Ps. 73:17; Job 18:17shall be cut off.
39 # See Ps. 3:8 The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
he is their stronghold in #Ps. 9:9the time of trouble.
40The Lord helps them and #[Isa. 31:5; Acts 12:11] delivers them;
# [1 Chr. 5:20; Dan. 3:17, 28; 6:23] he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they #See Ps. 11:1take refuge in him.

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