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Psalm 37

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David persuades to patience and confidence in God, by the different estate of the godly and the wicked.

By David.

37:1 Donít fret because of evildoers,
neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness.

37:2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
and wither like the green herb.

37:3 Trust in Yahweh, and do good.
Dwell in the land, and enjoy safe pasture.

37:4 Also delight yourself in Yahweh,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

37:5 Commit your way to Yahweh.
Trust also in him, and he will do this:

37:6 he will make your righteousness go forth as the light,
and your justice as the noon day sun.

37:7 Rest in Yahweh, and wait patiently for him.
Donít fret because of him who prospers in his way,
because of the man who makes wicked plots happen.

37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath.
Donít fret, it leads only to evildoing.

37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off,
but those who wait for Yahweh shall inherit the land.

37:10 For yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more.
Yes, though you look for his place, he isnít there.

37:11 But the humble shall inherit the land,
and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

37:12 The wicked plots against the just,
and gnashes at him with his teeth.

37:13 The Lord will laugh at him,
for he sees that his day is coming.

37:14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow,
to cast down the poor and needy,
to kill those who are upright in the way.

37:15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart.
Their bows shall be broken.

37:16 Better is a little that the righteous has,
than the abundance of many wicked.

37:17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
but Yahweh upholds the righteous.

37:18 Yahweh knows the days of the perfect.
Their inheritance shall be forever.

37:19 They shall not be disappointed in the time of evil.
In the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

37:20 But the wicked shall perish.
The enemies of Yahweh shall be like the beauty of the fields.
They will vanishó
vanish like smoke.

37:21 The wicked borrow, and donít pay back,
but the righteous give generously.

37:22 For such as are blessed by him shall inherit the land.
Those who are cursed by him shall be cut off.

37:23 A manís goings are established by Yahweh.
He delights in his way.

37:24 Though he stumble, he shall not fall,
for Yahweh holds him up with his hand.

37:25 I have been young, and now am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
nor his children begging for bread.

37:26 All day long he deals graciously, and lends.
His seed is blessed.

37:27 Depart from evil, and do good.
Live securely forever.

37:28 For Yahweh loves justice,
and doesnít forsake his saints.
They are preserved forever,
but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.

37:29 The righteous shall inherit the land,
and live in it forever.

37:30 The mouth of the righteous talks of wisdom.
His tongue speaks justice.

37:31 The law of his God is in his heart.
None of his steps shall slide.

37:32 The wicked watches the righteous,
and seeks to kill him.

37:33 Yahweh will not leave him in his hand,
nor condemn him when he is judged.

37:34 Wait for Yahweh, and keep his way,
and he will exalt you to inherit the land.
When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.

37:35 I have seen the wicked in great power,
spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil.

37:36 But he passed away, and behold, he was not.
Yes, I sought him, but he could not be found.

37:37 Mark the perfect man, and see the upright,
for there is a future for the man of peace.

37:38 As for transgressors, they shall be destroyed together.
The future of the wicked shall be cut off.

37:39 But the salvation of the righteous is from Yahweh.
He is their stronghold in the time of trouble.

37:40 Yahweh helps them, and rescues them.
He rescues them from the wicked, and saves them,
Because they have taken refuge in him.

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