Psalms 37:23-24

23 The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.

Images for Psalms 37:23-24

Psalms 37:23 in Other Translations

KJV
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
ESV
23 The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way;
NLT
23 The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
MSG
23 Stalwart walks in step with God; his path blazed by God, he's happy.
CSB
23 A man's steps are established by the Lord, and He takes pleasure in his way.

Psalms 37:23-24 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 37:23-24 In-Context

21 The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously;
22 those the LORD blesses will inherit the land, but those he curses will be destroyed.
23 The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
25 I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.
26 They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing.

Cross References 4

  • 1. S Numbers 14:8; Psalms 147:11
  • 2. S Job 11:15; S Psalms 7:9; Psalms 66:9; 1 Samuel 2:9
  • 3. S Psalms 13:4; Psalms 27:2; Psalms 38:17; Psalms 55:22; Psalms 119:165; Proverbs 3:23; Proverbs 10:9; Proverbs 24:16
  • 4. 2 Chronicles 9:8; Psalms 41:12; Psalms 145:14; Psalms 147:6
Scripture quoted by permission.  Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.  NIV®.  Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica.  All rights reserved worldwide.