Psalms 37:25-26

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.[a]

Psalms 37:25 in Other Translations

KJV
25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
ESV
25 I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.
NLT
25 Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.
MSG
25 I once was young, now I'm a graybeard - not once have I seen an abandoned believer, or his kids out roaming the streets.
CSB
25 I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned or his children begging bread.

Psalms 37:25-26 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 37:25-26 In-Context

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.
27 Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever.
28 For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed ; the offspring of the wicked will perish.

Cross References 4

  • 1. ver 28; S Genesis 15:1; Hebrews 13:5
  • 2. Psalms 111:5; Psalms 145:15; Mark 10:46
  • 3. S Leviticus 25:35
  • 4. Deuteronomy 28:4; Psalms 112:2; Psalms 147:13

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "freely;" / "the names of their children will be used in blessings" (see Gen. 48:20); or "freely;" / "others will see that their children are blessed"
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