Psalms 37:1-5

Of David.

1 [a]Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:

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Psalms 37:1-5 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 37

\\<<[A Psalm] of David>>\\. This psalm, it is very probable, was written at the same time, and upon the same occasion, with the former; and describes the different states of good and bad men; and is full of exhortations, instructions, and advice to the people of God; intermixed with various encouraging promises. A late learned writer {h} thinks it was written for Mephibosheth's consolation under Ziba's calumny. {h} Delaney's Life of King David, vol. 2. p. 219.

Psalms 37:1-5 In-Context

1 Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

Cross References 9

  • 1. Proverbs 3:31; Proverbs 23:17-18
  • 2. Psalms 73:3; Proverbs 24:19
  • 3. S 2 Kings 19:26; Job 14:2; Psalms 102:4; Isaiah 40:7
  • 4. ver 38; Psalms 90:6; Psalms 92:7; James 1:10
  • 5. Deuteronomy 30:20
  • 6. Isaiah 40:11; Ezekiel 34:14; John 10:9
  • 7. S Job 27:10; Isaiah 58:14
  • 8. S Job 7:6; Psalms 21:2; Psalms 145:19; Matthew 6:33
  • 9. Psalms 4:5; Psalms 55:22; Proverbs 16:3; 1 Peter 5:7

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. This psalm is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.