Psalms 37:38

38 But all sinners will be destroyed; there will be no future[a] for the wicked.

Psalms 37:38 in Other Translations

38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.
38 But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; the future of the wicked shall be cut off.
38 But the rebellious will be destroyed; they have no future.
38 But the willful will soon be discarded; insolent souls are on a dead-end street.
38 But transgressors will all be eliminated; the future of the wicked will be destroyed.

Psalms 37:38 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 37:38

But the transgressors shall be destroyed together
This is to be understood of obstinate and continued transgressors, who live and die in their transgressions; see ( Proverbs 11:3 ) ; otherwise all men are transgressors in Adam, and sinned and fell with him in his transgression; and are justly called transgressors from the womb; and are guilty of actual transgressions, nor are any clear from them; and are arraigned, convinced, and judged by the law as transgressors; and for many of these Christ died, and makes intercession; and who are converted, and turned from their transgressions; and these are pardoned, and saved, and not destroyed: but stubborn and perverse transgressors are destroyed; not only with a temporal destruction of their substance, and of their names, and they themselves are rooted out of the earth; but with an everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and the glory of his power; for this seems to refer to the day of judgment, when all the wicked will be "together"; and shall in a body stand at Christ's left hand, and be bid to go, "ye cursed into everlasting fire", ( Matthew 25:41 ) , and shall be turned into hell at once, and together;

the end of the wicked shall be cut off;
meaning either their posterity, as the word is rendered in ( Psalms 109:13 ) ; or their hope and expectation of good things here and hereafter; when the righteous man receives the end of his faith, hope, and expectation, even the salvation of his soul; but these shall be disappointed and frustrated of their end; see ( Proverbs 23:18 ) ; or their last end is cutting off from the presence and sight of God, utter ruin and destruction; and so it stands opposed to the end of the perfect and upright man, which is eternal peace and happiness.

Psalms 37:38 In-Context

36 but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found.
37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace.
38 But all sinners will be destroyed; there will be no future for the wicked.
39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40 The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Psalms 1:1
  • 2. S ver 2; Psalms 73:19
  • 3. ver 9; Psalms 1:4

Footnotes 1