Psalm 37 NIV

Of David.

1 Do not fret because of evil men or be envious1 of those who do wrong;2

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2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.3

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3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land4 and enjoy safe pasture.5

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4 Delight6 yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.7

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5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him8 and he will do this:

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6 He will make your righteousness9 shine like the dawn,10 the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

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7 Be still11 before the LORD and wait patiently12 for him; do not fret13 when men succeed in their ways,14 when they carry out their wicked schemes.15

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8 Refrain from anger16 and turn from wrath; do not fret17--it leads only to evil.

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9 For evil men will be cut off,18 but those who hope19 in the LORD will inherit the land.20

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10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;21 though you look for them, they will not be found.

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11 But the meek will inherit the land22 and enjoy great peace.23

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12 The wicked plot24 against the righteous and gnash their teeth25 at them;

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13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.26

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14 The wicked draw the sword27 and bend the bow28 to bring down the poor and needy,29 to slay those whose ways are upright.

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15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,30 and their bows will be broken.31

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16 Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth32 of many wicked;

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17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,33 but the LORD upholds34 the righteous.

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18 The days of the blameless are known to the LORD,35 and their inheritance will endure forever.36

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      19 In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
      20 But the wicked will perish:37 The LORD's enemies will be like the beauty of the fields, they will vanish--vanish like smoke.38

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      21 The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously;39

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      22 those the LORD blesses will inherit the land, but those he curses40 will be cut off.41

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      23 If the LORD delights42 in a man's way, he makes his steps firm;43

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      24 though he stumble, he will not fall,44 for the LORD upholds45 him with his hand.

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      25 I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken46 or their children begging47 bread.

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      26 They are always generous and lend freely;48 their children will be blessed.49

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      27 Turn from evil and do good;50 then you will dwell in the land forever.51

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      28 For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones.52 They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off;53

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      29 the righteous will inherit the land54 and dwell in it forever.55

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      30 The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom,56 and his tongue speaks what is just.

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      31 The law of his God is in his heart;57 his feet do not slip.58

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      32 The wicked lie in wait59 for the righteous,60 seeking their very lives;

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      33 but the LORD will not leave them in their power or let them be condemned61 when brought to trial.62

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      34 Wait for the LORD 63 and keep his way.64 He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off,65 you will see66 it.

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      35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing67 like a green tree in its native soil,

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      36 but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found.68

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      37 Consider the blameless,69 observe the upright;70 there is a futurea for the man of peace.71

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        • a 37:37 - Or "there will be posterity"
          38 But all sinners72 will be destroyed;73 the futureb of the wicked will be cut off.74

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            • b 37:38 - Or "posterity"
              39 The salvation75 of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.76

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              40 The LORD helps77 them and delivers78 them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves79 them, because they take refuge80 in him.

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