Do not fret because of evil men or be envious1 of those who do wrong;2
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for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.3
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Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land4 and enjoy safe pasture.5
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Delight6 yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.7
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Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him8 and he will do this:
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He will make your righteousness9 shine like the dawn,10 the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
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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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Refrain from anger16 and turn from wrath; do not fret17--it leads only to evil.
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For evil men will be cut off,18 but those who hope19 in the LORD will inherit the land.20
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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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But the meek will inherit the land22 and enjoy great peace.23
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The wicked plot24 against the righteous and gnash their teeth25 at them;
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but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.26
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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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But their swords will pierce their own hearts,30 and their bows will be broken.31
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Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth32 of many wicked;
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for the power of the wicked will be broken,33 but the LORD upholds34 the righteous.
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The days of the blameless are known to the LORD,35 and their inheritance will endure forever.36
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In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
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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The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously;39
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those the LORD blesses will inherit the land, but those he curses40 will be cut off.41
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If the LORD delights42 in a man's way, he makes his steps firm;43
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though he stumble, he will not fall,44 for the LORD upholds45 him with his hand.
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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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They are always generous and lend freely;48 their children will be blessed.49
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Turn from evil and do good;50 then you will dwell in the land forever.51
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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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the righteous will inherit the land54 and dwell in it forever.55
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The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom,56 and his tongue speaks what is just.
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