Psalms 36; Psalms 37; Psalms 38; Psalms 39

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Psalms 36

1 Sin speaks to the wicked in their hearts. They have no fear of God.
2 They think too much of themselves so they don't see their sin and hate it.
3 Their words are wicked lies; they are no longer wise or good.
4 At night they make evil plans; what they do leads to nothing good. They don't refuse things that are evil.
5 Lord, your love reaches to the heavens, your loyalty to the skies.
6 Your goodness is as high as the mountains. Your justice is as deep as the great ocean. Lord, you protect both people and animals.
7 God, your love is so precious! You protect people in the shadow of your wings.
8 They eat the rich food in your house, and you let them drink from your river of pleasure.
9 You are the giver of life. Your light lets us enjoy life.
10 Continue to love those who know you and to do good to those who are good.
11 Don't let proud people attack me and the wicked force me away.
12 Those who do evil have been defeated. They are overwhelmed; they cannot do evil any longer. Of David.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version. Copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Psalms 37

1 Don't be upset because of evil people. Don't be jealous of those who do wrong,
2 because like the grass, they will soon dry up. Like green plants, they will soon die away.
3 Trust the Lord and do good. Live in the land and feed on truth.
4 Enjoy serving the Lord, and he will give you what you want.
5 Depend on the Lord; trust him, and he will take care of you.
6 Then your goodness will shine like the sun, and your fairness like the noonday sun.
7 Wait and trust the Lord. Don't be upset when others get rich or when someone else's plans succeed.
8 Don't get angry. Don't be upset; it only leads to trouble.
9 Evil people will be sent away, but those who trust the Lord will inherit the land.
10 In a little while the wicked will be no more. You may look for them, but they will be gone.
11 People who are not proud will inherit the land and will enjoy complete peace.
12 The wicked make evil plans against good people. They grind their teeth at them in anger.
13 But the Lord laughs at the wicked, because he sees that their day is coming.
14 The wicked draw their swords and bend their bows to kill the poor and helpless, to kill those who are honest.
15 But their swords will stab their own hearts, and their bows will break.
16 It is better to have little and be right than to have much and be wrong.
17 The power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord supports those who do right.
18 The Lord watches over the lives of the innocent, and their reward will last forever.
19 They will not be ashamed when trouble comes. They will be full in times of hunger.
20 But the wicked will die. flowers of the fields; they will disappear like smoke.
21 The wicked borrow and don't pay back, but those who do right give freely to others.
22 Those whom the Lord blesses will inherit the land, but those he curses will be sent away.
23 When a person's steps follow the Lord, God is pleased with his ways.
24 If he stumbles, he will not fall, because the Lord holds his hand.
25 I was young, and now I am old, but I have never seen good people left helpless or their children begging for food.
26 Good people always lend freely to others, and their children are a blessing.
27 Stop doing evil and do good, so you will live forever.
28 The Lord loves justice and will not leave those who worship him. He will always protect them, but the children of the wicked will die.
29 Good people will inherit the land and will live in it forever.
30 A good person speaks with wisdom, and he says what is fair.
31 The teachings of his God are in his heart, so he does not fail to keep them.
32 The wicked watch for good people so that they may kill them.
33 But the Lord will not take away his protection or let good people be judged guilty.
34 Wait for the Lord's help and follow him. He will honor you and give you the land, and you will see the wicked sent away.
35 I saw a wicked and cruel man who looked strong like a healthy tree in good soil.
36 But he died and was gone; I looked for him, but he couldn't be found.
37 Think of the innocent person, and watch the honest one. The man who has peace will have children to live after him.
38 But sinners will be destroyed; in the end the wicked will die.
39 The Lord saves good people; he is their strength in times of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and saves them; he saves them from the wicked, because they trust in him for protection. A psalm of David to remember.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version. Copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Psalms 38

1 Lord, don't correct me when you are angry. Don't punish me when you are furious.
2 Your arrows have wounded me, and your hand has come down on me.
3 My body is sick from your punishment. Even my bones are not healthy because of my sin.
4 My guilt has overwhelmed me; like a load it weighs me down.
5 My sores stink and become infected because I was foolish.
6 I am bent over and bowed down; I am sad all day long.
7 I am burning with fever, and my whole body is sore.
8 I am weak and faint. I moan from the pain I feel.
9 Lord, you know everything I want; my cries are not hidden from you.
10 My heart pounds, and my strength is gone. I am losing my sight.
11 Because of my wounds, my friends and neighbors avoid me, and my relatives stay far away.
12 Some people set traps to kill me. Those who want to hurt me plan trouble; all day long they think up lies.
13 I am like a deaf man; I cannot hear. Like a mute, I cannot speak.
14 I am like a person who does not hear, who has no answer to give.
15 I trust you, Lord. You will answer, my Lord and God.
16 I said, "Don't let them laugh at me or brag when I am defeated."
17 I am about to die, and I cannot forget my pain.
18 I confess my guilt; I am troubled by my sin.
19 My enemies are strong and healthy, and many hate me for no reason.
20 They repay me with evil for the good I did. They lie about me because I try to do good.
21 Lord, don't leave me; my God, don't go away.
22 Quickly come and help me, my Lord and Savior. For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version. Copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Psalms 39

1 I said, "I will be careful how I act and will not sin by what I say. I will be careful what I say around wicked people."
2 So I kept very quiet. I didn't even say anything good, but I became even more upset.
3 I became very angry inside, and as I thought about it, my anger burned. So I spoke:
4 "Lord, tell me when the end will come and how long I will live. Let me know how long I have.
5 You have given me only a short life; my lifetime is like nothing to you. Everyone's life is only a breath.Selah
6 People are like shadows moving about. All their work is for nothing; they collect things but don't know who will get them.
7 "So, Lord, what hope do I have? You are my hope.
8 Save me from all my sins. Don't let wicked fools make fun of me.
9 I am quiet; I do not open my mouth, because you are the one who has done this.
10 Quit punishing me; your beating is about to kill me.
11 You correct and punish people for their sins; like a moth, you destroy what they love. Everyone's life is only a breath.Selah
12 "Lord, hear my prayer, and listen to my cry. Do not ignore my tears. I am like a visitor with you. Like my ancestors, I'm only here a short time.
13 Leave me alone so I can be happy before I leave and am no more." For the director of music. A psalm of David.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version. Copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.