Psalms 37:3-8

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 37:3-8 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 37:3-8 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.

Cross References 14

  • 1. Deuteronomy 30:20
  • 2. Isaiah 40:11; Ezekiel 34:14; John 10:9
  • 3. S Job 27:10; Isaiah 58:14
  • 4. S Job 7:6; Psalms 21:2; Psalms 145:19; Matthew 6:33
  • 5. Psalms 4:5; Psalms 55:22; Proverbs 16:3; 1 Peter 5:7
  • 6. Psalms 18:24; Psalms 103:17; Psalms 112:3; Micah 7:9
  • 7. S Job 11:17
  • 8. S Exodus 14:14; S Isaiah 41:1; Psalms 62:5; Lamentations 3:26
  • 9. S Psalms 27:14; Psalms 40:1; Psalms 130:5; Isaiah 38:13; Habakkuk 3:16; Romans 8:25
  • 10. ver 1
  • 11. Jeremiah 12:1
  • 12. Psalms 21:11; Psalms 26:10; Psalms 119:150
  • 13. Ephesians 4:31; Colossians 3:8
  • 14. ver 1
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