Psalm 37 ESV

He Will Not Forsake His Saints

Of David.

1 1Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not 2envious of wrongdoers!

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2 For they will soon 3fade like 4the grass and wither 5like the green herb.

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3 6Trust in the LORD, and do good; 7dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.a

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    • ² 37:3 - Or and feed on faithfulness, or and find safe pasture
      4 8Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will 9give you the desires of your heart.

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      5 10Commit your way to the LORD; 11trust in him, and he will act.

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          6 12He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as 13the noonday.

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          7 14Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; 15fret not yourself over the one who 16prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

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          8 17Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! 18Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.

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              9 19For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall 20inherit the land.

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              10 In 21just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at 22his place, he will not be there.

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              11 But 23the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in 24abundant peace.

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              12 The wicked 25plots against the righteous and 26gnashes his teeth at him,

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              13 but the Lord 27laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his 28day is coming.

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              14 The wicked draw the sword and 29bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose 30way is upright;

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              15 their sword shall enter their own heart, and their 31bows shall be broken.

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              16 32Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked.

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              17 For 33the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD 34upholds the righteous.

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              18 The LORD 35 knows the days of the blameless, and their 36heritage will remain forever;

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                  19 they are not put to shame in evil times; in 37the days of famine they have abundance.

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                  20 But the wicked will perish; the enemies of the LORD are like 38the glory of the pastures; they vanish--like 39smoke they vanish away.

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                  21 The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous 40is generous and gives;

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                      22 for those blessed by the LORD b shall 41inherit the land, but those cursed by him 42shall be cut off.

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                        • ³ 37:22 - Hebrew by him
                          23 The 43steps of a man are 44established by the LORD, when he delights in his way;

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                          24 45though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD 46upholds his hand.

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                          25 I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children 47begging for bread.

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                          26 He is ever 48lending generously, and his children become a blessing.

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                          27 49Turn away from evil and do good; so shall you 50dwell forever.

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                          28 For the LORD 51loves justice; he will not forsake his 52saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be 53cut off.

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                          29 The righteous shall inherit the land and 54dwell upon it forever.

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                            • 982 37:29 - [See ver. 27 above]
                              30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.
                              31 55The law of his God is in his heart; his 56steps do not slip.

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                              32 The wicked 57watches for the righteous and seeks to put him to death.

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                              33 The LORD will not 58abandon him to his power or let him 59be condemned when he is brought to trial.

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                              34 60Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on 61when the wicked are cut off.

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                              35 62I have seen a wicked, ruthless man, spreading himself like 63a green laurel tree.c

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                                • ´ 37:35 - The identity of this tree is uncertain
                                  36 But he passed away,d and behold, 64he was no more; though I sought him, he could not be found.

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                                    • µ 37:36 - Or But one passed by
                                      37 Mark the blameless and behold the upright, for there is a future for the man of 65peace.

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                                      38 But 66transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; the future of the wicked 67shall be cut off.

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                                      39 68The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their stronghold in 69the time of trouble.

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                                      40 The LORD helps them and 70delivers them; 71he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they 72take refuge in him.

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