Psalm 37 NAS

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.

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      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.

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          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.

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                              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.

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