Psalm 37 TNIV

Of David."

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

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2 for like the grass they will soon wither,3 like green plants they will soon die away.4

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3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land5 and enjoy safe pasture.6

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4 Take delight7 in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.8

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5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him9 and he will do this:

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6 He will make your righteous reward10 shine like the dawn,11 your vindication like the noonday sun.

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7 Be still12 before the LORD and wait patiently13 for him; do not fret14 when people succeed in their ways,15 when they carry out their wicked schemes.16

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8 Refrain from anger17 and turn from wrath; do not fret18--it leads only to evil.

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9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,19 but those who hope20 in the LORD will inherit the land.21

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10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;22 though you look for them, they will not be found.

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11 But the meek will inherit the land23 and enjoy peace and prosperity.24

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12 The wicked plot25 against the righteous and gnash their teeth26 at them;

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13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.27

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14 The wicked draw the sword28 and bend the bow29 to bring down the poor and needy,30 to slay those whose ways are upright.

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15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,31 and their bows will be broken.32

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16 Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth33 of many wicked;

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17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,34 but the LORD upholds35 the righteous.

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18 The blameless spend their days under the LORD's care,36 and their inheritance will endure forever.37

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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:38 Though the LORD's enemies are like the flowers of the field, they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.39

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      21 The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously;40

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      22 those the LORD blesses will inherit the land, but those he curses41 will be destroyed.42

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      23 The LORD makes firm the steps43 of those who delight44 in him;

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      24 though they stumble, they will not fall,45 for the LORD upholds46 them with his hand.

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      25 I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken47 or their children begging48 bread.

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      26 They are always generous and lend freely;49 their children will be a blessing.a50

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        • a 37:26 - Or "freely; / the names of their children will be used in blessings" (see Gen. 48:20); or "freely; / others will see that their children are blessed"
          27 Turn from evil and do good;51 then you will dwell in the land forever.52

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          28 For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones.53 Wrongdoers will be completely destroyedb; the offspring of the wicked will perish.54

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            • b 37:28 - See Septuagint; Hebrew "They will be protected forever"
              29 The righteous will inherit the land55 and dwell in it forever.56

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              30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,57 and their tongues speak what is just.

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              31 The law of their God is in their hearts;58 their feet do not slip.59

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              32 The wicked lie in wait60 for the righteous,61 seeking their very lives;

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              33 but the LORD will not leave them in their power or let them be condemned62 when brought to trial.63

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              34 Hope in the LORD 64 and keep his way.65 He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed,66 you will see67 it.

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              35 I have seen the wicked and ruthless flourishing68 like a luxuriant native tree,

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              36 but they soon passed away and were no more; though I looked for them, they could not be found.69

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              37 Consider the blameless,70 observe the upright;71 a future awaits those who seek peace.c72

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                • c 37:37 - Or "/ those who seek peace will have posterity"
                  38 But all sinners73 will be destroyed;74 there will be no futured for the wicked.75

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                    • d 37:38 - Or "posterity"
                      39 The salvation76 of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.77

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                      40 The LORD helps78 them and delivers79 them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves80 them, because they take refuge81 in him.

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