Psalms 37:1-8

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:
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.

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Psalms 37:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
ESV
1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers!
NLT
1 Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong.
MSG
1 Don't bother your head with braggarts or wish you could succeed like the wicked.
CSB
1 Do not be agitated by evildoers; do not envy those who do wrong.

Psalms 37:1-8 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 37:1-8 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.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.
12 The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them;

Cross References 18

  • 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
  • 10. Psalms 18:24; Psalms 103:17; Psalms 112:3; Micah 7:9
  • 11. S Job 11:17
  • 12. S Exodus 14:14; S Isaiah 41:1; Psalms 62:5; Lamentations 3:26
  • 13. S Psalms 27:14; Psalms 40:1; Psalms 130:5; Isaiah 38:13; Habakkuk 3:16; Romans 8:25
  • 14. ver 1
  • 15. Jeremiah 12:1
  • 16. Psalms 21:11; Psalms 26:10; Psalms 119:150
  • 17. Ephesians 4:31; Colossians 3:8
  • 18. ver 1

Footnotes 1

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