Psalm 37 (Lexham English Bible)

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Of David.

The Protection of the Righteous and the Destruction of the Wicked

1 aDo not fret because of evildoers; do not be envious of doers of wickedness. 2 For like the grass they will dry up quickly, and like green vegetation they will wither. 3 Trust Yahweh and do good. Abide [in the] land and feed on faithfulness.b 4 Take pleasure in Yahweh as well, and he will give to you the requests of your heart. 5 {Commit to}c Yahweh your way; Trust also on him and he will act. 6 Then he will bring forth your righteousness like the light, and your justice like the noonday. 7 Be quiet before Yahweh and wait for him. Do not fret about one who succeeds [in] his way, about a man making plots. 8 Refrain from anger and forsake wrath. Do not fret; [it] only brings evil. 9 For evildoers will be cut off, but those who wait for Yahweh-- they will possess [the] land. 10 Andd yet a little [while] and the wicked will not be, and you will look carefully upon his place, but he will not be. 11 But [the] afflicted will possess [the] land, and they will take pleasure in an abundance of peace. 12 [The] wicked plans [evil] against the righteous, and gnashes at him [with] his teeth. 13 [The] Lord laughs at him, for he sees that his day is coming. 14 [The] wicked have drawn [the] sword and have bent their bow to throw down [the] poor and [the] needy, to kill [those] upright in [their] way. 15 Their sword will enter into their [own] heart, and their bows shall be broken. 16 [The] little belonging to the righteous [is] better than [the] wealth of many wicked. 17 For [the] arms of [the] wicked shall be broken, but Yahweh supports [the] righteous. 18 Yahweh knows [the] days of [the] blameless, and their inheritance will be forever. 19 They will not be put to shame in distressing times,e and in [the] days of famine they will be satisfied. 20 But [the] wicked will perish, and the enemies of Yahweh [will be] like [the] splendor of [the] pastures. They vanish; in smoke they vanish. 21 [The] wicked borrows and does not repay, but [the] righteous [is] gracious and gives. 22 For those blessed [by] him shall possess [the] land, but those cursed [by] him shall be cut off. 23 [The] steps of a man are established by Yahweh, and he takes pleasure in his way. 24 Though he fall, he will not be cast headlong, for Yahweh supports [him with] his hand. 25 I was a youth, but I am [now] old; yet I have not seen [the] righteous forsaken or his children {begging for}f bread. 26 All the day he [is] gracious and lends, and his children [are] a blessing. 27 Turn aside from evil and do good and [so] abide forever. 28 For Yahweh loves justice and will not forsake his faithful ones. They are protected forever. But [the] children of [the] wicked will be cut off. 29 [The] righteous will possess [the] land and abide in it forever. 30 [The] mouth of [the] righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice. 31 The law of his God [is] in his heart. His steps will not slip. 32 [The] wicked watches for the righteous and seeks to kill him. 33 Yahweh will not abandon him into his hand, and he will not let him be condemned when he is judged. 34 Wait for Yahweh and keep his way, and he will exalt you to possess [the] land. When [the] wicked are cut off, you will see [it]. 35 I have seen [the] wicked acting violently and spreading himself out like a luxuriant native tree. 36 Then he passed ong and behold, he was not. And I sought him, but he could not be found. 37 Observe [the] blameless and look at [the] upright, for [there is] a future for a man of peace. 38 But transgressors shall be destroyed altogether. [The] future of [the] wicked shall be cut off. 39 Andh [the] salvation of [the] righteous [is] from Yahweh, their refuge in [the] time of trouble. 40 And Yahweh helps them and he rescues them. He rescues them from [the] wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.
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