Psalm 37 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Do not be preoccupied with evildoers. Do not envy those who do wicked things. 1 Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 They will quickly dry up like grass and wither away like green plants. 2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust the LORD, and do good things. Live in the land, and practice being faithful. 3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Be happy with the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Entrust your ways to the LORD. Trust him, and he will act [on your behalf]. 5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteousness shine like a light, your just cause like the noonday sun. 6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
7 Surrender yourself to the LORD, and wait patiently for him. Do not be preoccupied with [an evildoer] who succeeds in his way when he carries out his schemes. 7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Let go of anger, and leave rage behind. Do not be preoccupied. It only leads to evil. 8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret--it leads only to evil.
9 Evildoers will be cut off [from their inheritance], but those who wait with hope for the LORD will inherit the land. 9 For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
10 In a little while a wicked person will vanish. Then you can carefully examine where he was, but there will be no trace of him. 10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 Oppressed people will inherit the land and will enjoy unlimited peace. 11 But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.
12 The wicked person plots against a righteous one and grits his teeth at him. 12 The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them;
13 The Lord laughs at him because he has seen that his time is coming. 13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.
14 Wicked people pull out their swords and bend their bows to kill oppressed and needy people, to slaughter those who are decent. 14 The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright.
15 [But] their own swords will pierce their hearts, and their bows will be broken. 15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken.
16 The little that the righteous person has is better than the wealth of many wicked people. 16 Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked;
17 The arms of wicked people will be broken, but the LORD continues to support righteous people. 17 for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.
18 The LORD knows the daily [struggles] of innocent people. Their inheritance will last forever. 18 The days of the blameless are known to the LORD, and their inheritance will endure forever.
19 They will not be put to shame in trying times. Even in times of famine they will be satisfied. 19 In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
20 But wicked people will disappear. The LORD's enemies will vanish like the best part of a meadow. They will vanish like smoke. 20 But the wicked will perish: The LORD's enemies will be like the beauty of the fields, they will vanish--vanish like smoke.
21 A wicked person borrows, but he does not repay. A righteous person is generous and giving. 21 The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously;
22 Those who are blessed by him will inherit the land. Those who are cursed by him will be cut off. 22 those the LORD blesses will inherit the land, but those he curses will be cut off.
23 A person's steps are directed by the LORD, and the LORD delights in his way. 23 If the LORD delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm;
24 When he falls, he will not be thrown down headfirst because the LORD holds on to his hand. 24 though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
25 I have been young, and now I am old, but I have never seen a righteous person abandoned or his descendants begging for food. 25 I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.
26 He is always generous and lends freely. His descendants are a blessing. 26 They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed.
27 Avoid evil, do good, and live forever. 27 Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever.
28 The LORD loves justice, and he will not abandon his godly ones. They will be kept safe forever, but the descendants of wicked people will be cut off. 28 For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off;
29 Righteous people will inherit the land and live there permanently. 29 the righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.
30 The mouth of the righteous person reflects on wisdom. His tongue speaks what is fair. 30 The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just.
31 The teachings of his God are in his heart. His feet do not slip. 31 The law of his God is in his heart; his feet do not slip.
32 The wicked person watches the righteous person and seeks to kill him. 32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, seeking their very lives;
33 But the LORD will not abandon him to the wicked person's power or condemn him when he is brought to trial. 33 but the LORD will not leave them in their power or let them be condemned when brought to trial.
34 Wait with hope for the LORD, and follow his path, and he will honor you by giving you the land. When wicked people are cut off, you will see it. 34 Wait for the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
35 I have seen a wicked person [acting like] a tyrant, spreading himself out like a large cedar tree. 35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a green tree in its native soil,
36 But he moved on, and now there is no trace of him. I searched for him, but he could not be found. 36 but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found.
37 Notice the innocent person, and look at the decent person, because the peacemaker has a future. 37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright; there is a future for the man of peace.
38 But rebels will be completely destroyed. The future of wicked people will be cut off. 38 But all sinners will be destroyed; the future of the wicked will be cut off.
39 The victory for righteous people comes from the LORD. He is their fortress in times of trouble. 39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40 The LORD helps them and rescues them. He rescues them from wicked people. He saves them because they have taken refuge in him. 40 The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.