Security of Those Who Trust in the LORD, and Insecurity of the Wicked.

A Psalm of David.

1 1Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not 2envious toward wrongdoers.
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2 For they will 3wither quickly like the grass And 4fade like the green herb.
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3 5Trust in the LORD and do good; 6Dwell in the land and 7cultivate faithfulness.
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    • a 37:3 - Or "feed securely" or "feed on His faithfulness"
      4 8Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will 9give you the desires of your heart.
      5 10Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
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      6 He will bring forth 11your righteousness as the light And your judgment 12as the noonday.
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      7 Rest in the LORD and 13wait patiently for Him; 14Do not fret because of him who 15prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
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        • b 37:7 - Or "Be still"
        • c 37:7 - Or "longingly"
          8 Cease from anger and 16forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
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          9 For 17evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the LORD, they will 18inherit the land.
          10 Yet 19a little while and the wicked man will be no more; And you will look carefully for 20his place and he will not be there.
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          11 But 21the humble will inherit the land And will delight themselves in 22abundant prosperity.
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          12 The wicked 23plots against the righteous And 24gnashes at him with his teeth.
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          13 The Lord 25laughs at him, For He sees 26his day is coming.
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          14 The wicked have drawn the sword and 27bent their bow To cast down the 28afflicted and the needy, To 29slay those who are upright in conduct.
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          15 Their sword will enter their own heart, And their 30bows will be broken.
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          16 31Better is the little of the righteous Than the abundance of many wicked.
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          17 For the 32arms of the wicked will be broken, But the LORD 33sustains the righteous.
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          18 The LORD 34knows the days of the blameless, And their 35inheritance will be forever.
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            • d 37:18 - Lit "complete;" or "perfect"
              19 They will not be ashamed in the time of evil, And 36in the days of famine they will have abundance.
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              20 But the 37wicked will perish; And the enemies of the LORD will be like the glory of the pastures, They vanish -38like smoke they vanish away.
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              21 The wicked borrows and does not pay back, But the righteous 39is gracious and gives.
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              22 For 40those blessed by Him will 41inherit the land, But those 42cursed by Him will be cut off.
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              23 43The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He 44delights in his way.
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              24 When 45he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, Because 46the LORD is the One who holds his hand.
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                • f 37:24 - Or "who sustains him with His hand"
                  25 I have been young and now I am old, Yet 47I have not seen the righteous forsaken Or 48his descendants begging bread.
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                  26 All day long 49he is gracious and lends, And 50his descendants are a blessing.
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                  27 51Depart from evil and do good, So you will abide 52forever.
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                    • i 37:27 - Or "And dwell forever"
                      28 For the LORD 53loves justice And 54does not forsake His godly ones; They are 55preserved forever, But the 56descendants of the wicked will be cut off.
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                      29 The righteous will 57inherit the land And 58dwell in it forever.
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                      30 The mouth of the righteous 59utters wisdom, And his tongue 60speaks justice.
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                      31 The 61law of his God is in his heart; His 62steps do not slip.
                      32 The 63wicked spies upon the righteous And 64seeks to kill him.
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                      33 The LORD will 65not leave him in his hand Or 66let him be condemned when he is judged.
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                      34 67Wait for the LORD and keep His way, And He will exalt you to inherit the land; When the 68wicked are cut off, you will see it.
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                      35 I have 69seen a wicked, violent man Spreading himself like a 70luxuriant tree in its native soil.
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                        • l 37:35 - Lit "native;" Heb obscure
                          36 Then he passed away, and lo, he 71was no more; I sought for him, but he could not be found.
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                            • m 37:36 - Ancient versions read "I passed by"
                              37 Mark the 72blameless man, and behold the 73upright; For the man of peace will have a 74posterity.
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                                • n 37:37 - Lit "complete;" or "perfect"
                                • o 37:37 - Lit "an end"
                                  38 But transgressors will be altogether 75destroyed; The posterity of the wicked will be 76cut off.
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                                  39 But the 77salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength 78in time of trouble.
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                                  40 79The LORD helps them and delivers them; He 80delivers them from the wicked and saves them, Because they 81take refuge in Him.