Psalm 37 [A Psalm] of David. 37 1FRET NOT yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness (that which is not upright or in right standing with God). 2For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. 3Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed. 4Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. 5Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass. 6And He will make your uprightness and right standing with God go forth as the light, and your justice and right as [the shining sun of] the noonday. 7Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. 8Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself--it tends only to evildoing. 9For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait and hope and look for the Lord [in the end] shall inherit the earth. 10For yet a little while, and the evildoers will be no more; though you look with care where they used to be, they will not be found. 11But the meek [in the end] shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. 12The wicked plot against the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright in right standing with God); they gnash at them with their teeth. 13The Lord laughs at [the wicked], for He sees that their own day [of defeat] is coming. 14The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who walk uprightly (blameless in conduct and in conversation). 15The swords [of the wicked] shall enter their own hearts, and their bows shall be broken. 16Better is the little that the [uncompromisingly] righteous have than the abundance [of possessions] of many who are wrong and wicked. 17For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the [consistently] righteous. 18The Lord knows the days of the upright and blameless, and their heritage will abide forever. 19They shall not be put to shame in the time of evil; and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. 20But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs [that is consumed in smoke] and as the glory of the pastures. They shall vanish; like smoke shall they consume away. 21The wicked borrow and pay not again [for they may be unable], but the [uncompromisingly] righteous deal kindly and give [for they are able]. 22For such as are blessed of God shall [in the end] inherit the earth, but they that are cursed of Him shall be cut off. 23The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step]. 24Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him. 25I have been young and now am old, yet have I not seen the [uncompromisingly] righteous forsaken or their seed begging bread. 26All day long they are merciful and deal graciously; they lend, and their offspring are blessed. 27Depart from evil and do good; and you will dwell forever [securely]. 28For the Lord delights in justice and forsakes not His saints; they are preserved forever, but the offspring of the wicked [in time] shall be cut off. 29[Then] the [consistently] righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever. 30The mouth of the [uncompromisingly] righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks with justice. 31The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. 32The wicked lie in wait for the [uncompromisingly] righteous and seek to put them to death. 33The Lord will not leave them in their hands, or [suffer them to] condemn them when they are judged. 34Wait for and expect the Lord and keep and heed His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land; [in the end] when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it. 35I have seen a wicked man in great power and spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil, 36Yet he passed away, and behold, he was not; yes, I sought and inquired for him, but he could not be found. 37Mark the blameless man and behold the upright, for there is a happy end for the man of peace. 38As for transgressors, they shall be destroyed together; in the end the wicked shall be cut off. 39But the salvation of the [consistently] righteous is of the Lord; He is their Refuge and secure Stronghold in the time of trouble. 40And the Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they trust and take refuge in Him.
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