Psalm 37:1

Of David.

1 aDo not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;

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Read Psalm 37:1 Using Other Translations

Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers!
Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong.

What does Psalm 37:1 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 37:1

Fret not thyself because of evildoers
The saints may be grieved at them and for them, because of their evil doings, and may be angry with them for them; yet are not to show any undue warmth, at least in an indecent way, by calling them opprobrious names; for the words may be rendered, "do not show thyself warm" or "angry" F9: in a sinful way; or fret not at their outward prosperity, as it is explained ( Psalms 37:7 ) . The Targum adds, "to be like them", which agrees with ( Psalms 37:8 ) ;

neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity;
that is, at their present temporal happiness; see ( Psalms 73:3 ) . The Targum adds, as before, to be joined with them; which sense some parallel places seem to incline to, ( Proverbs 3:31 ) ( 23:17 ) .


F9 (rxtt) "ne accendaris ira", Junius & Tremellius; "ne exardescas", Gejerus, Michaelis.
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