Instruction in Wisdom


1 Doa not be agitated by evildoers; do not envy those who do wrong.
References for Psalms 37:1
    • a 37:1 - The lines of this poem form an acrostic.
      2 For they wither quickly like grass and wilt like tender green plants.
      3 Trust in the Lord and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely.b
      References for Psalms 37:3
        • b 37:3 - Or and cultivate faithfulness
          4 Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart's desires.
          5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act,
          6 making your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like the noonday.
          7 Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him; do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way, by the man who carries out evil plans.
          8 Refrain from anger and give up [your] rage; do not be agitated-it can only bring harm.
          9 For evildoers will be destroyed, but those who put their hope in the Lord will inherit the land.c
          References for Psalms 37:9
              10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for him, he will not be there.
              11 But the humble will inherit the landd e and will enjoy abundant prosperity.
              References for Psalms 37:11
                  12 The wicked schemes against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him.
                  13 The Lord laughs at himf because He sees that his day is coming.
                  References for Psalms 37:13
                    • f 37:13 - Ps 2:4; 59:8; Hab 1:10
                      14 The wicked have drawn the sword and strung theg bow to bring down the afflicted and needy and to slaughter those whose way is upright.
                      References for Psalms 37:14
                          15 Their swords will enter their own hearts, and their bows will be broken.
                          16 Better the little that the righteous man has than the abundance of many wicked people.
                          17 For the armsh of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord supports the righteous.
                          References for Psalms 37:17
                              18 The Lord watches over the blameless all their days, and their inheritance will last forever.
                              19 They will not be disgraced in times of adversity; they will be satisfied in days of hunger.
                              20 But the wicked will perish; the Lord's enemies, like the glory of the pastures, will fade away- they will fade away like smoke.
                              21 The wicked borrows and does not repay, but the righteous is gracious and giving.
                              22 Those who are blessed by Him will inherit the land,i but those cursed by Him will be destroyed.
                              References for Psalms 37:22
                                  23 A man's steps are established by the Lord, and He takes pleasure in his way.
                                  24 Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, because the Lord holds his hand.j
                                  References for Psalms 37:24
                                    • j 37:24 - Or Lord supports with His hand
                                      25 I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned or his children begging bread.
                                      26 He is always generous, always lending, and his children are a blessing.
                                      27 Turn away from evil and do what is good, and dwell therek forever.
                                      References for Psalms 37:27
                                        • k 37:27 - Dwell in the land
                                          28 For the Lord loves justice and will not abandon His faithful ones. They are kept safe forever, but the children of the wicked will be destroyed.
                                          29 The righteous will inherit the landl and dwell in it permanently.
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                                              30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom; his tongue speaks what is just.
                                              31 The instruction of his God is in his heart; his steps do not falter.
                                              32 The wicked lies in wait for the righteous and seeks to kill him;
                                              33 the Lord will not leave him in his handm or allow him to be condemned when he is judged.
                                              References for Psalms 37:33
                                                  34 Wait for the Lord and keep His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land. You will watch when the wicked are destroyed.
                                                  35 I have seen a wicked, violent man well-rootedn like a flourishing native tree. o
                                                  References for Psalms 37:35
                                                    • n 37:35 - Hb obscure
                                                    • o 37:35 - LXX reads man, lifting himself up like the cedars of Lebanon
                                                      36 Then I passed by andp noticed he was gone; I searched for him, but he could not be found.
                                                      References for Psalms 37:36
                                                        • p 37:36 - DSS, LXX, Syr, Vg, Jer; MT reads Then he passed away, and I
                                                          37 Watch the blameless and observe the upright, for the man of peace will have a future.q
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                                                              38 But transgressors will all be eliminated; the futurer of the wicked will be destroyed.
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                                                                  39 The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord, their refuge in a time of distress.
                                                                  40 The Lord helps and delivers them; He will deliver them from the wicked and will save them because they take refuge in Him.