Psalm 37
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Patiently Trust in God

1Don’t be angry because of those who do evil,

do not be jealous because of those who commit iniquity.

2Indeed, they soon will wither like grass,

and like green herbs they will fade away.

3Trust in the LORD and do good.

Dwell in the land and feed on faithfulness.

4Delight yourself in the LORD,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5Commit your way to the LORD;

Trust him, and he will act.

6He will bring forth your righteousness as a light,

and your justice as the noonday sun.b

7Be silent in the LORD’s presence

and wait patiently for him.

Don’t be angry because of the one whose way prospers

or the one who implements evil schemes.

8Calm your anger and abandon wrath.

Don’t be angry—

it only leads to evil.

9Those who do evil will perish.

But those who waitc on the LORD will inherit the land.

10Yet a little while longer,

and the wicked will be no more.

You will search for his place,

but he will not be there.

11The humble will inherit the land;

they will take in abundant peace.

12The wicked person plots against the righteous,

and grinds his teeth at him.

13But the Lord laughs at him

because he sees that his day is coming!

14The wicked take out a sword and bend the bow,

to bring down the humble and the poor

to slay those who are righteous in conduct.

15But their sword will pierce their own heart,

and their bows will be broken!

16Better is the little that the righteous have

than the abundance of many wicked people.

17For the arms of the wicked will be broken,

but the LORD upholds the righteous.

18The LORD knows the day of the blameless,

and their inheritance will last forever.

19They will not experience shame in times of trouble;

in times of famine they will have plenty.

20Indeed, the wicked will perish.

The LORD’s enemies will be consumed like flowersd in the fields.

They will vanish likee smoke.

21The wicked borrow but never pay back;

but the righteous are generous and give.

22For those blessed by Godf will inherit the land,

but those cursed by him will be cut off.

23A man’s steps are established by the LORD,

and the LORDg delights in his way.

24Though he stumbles,

he will not fall down flat,

for the LORD will hold up his hand.

25I once was young and now I am old,

but I have not seen a righteous person forsaken

or his descendants begging for bread.

26Every day he is generous, lending freely,

and his descendants are blessed.

27Depart from evil, and do good,

and you will live in the landh forever.

28Indeed, the LORD loves justice,

and he will not abandon his godly ones.

They are kept safe forever,

but the lawless will be chased away,i

and the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.

29The righteous will inherit the land,

and they will dwell in it forever.

30The mouth of the righteous one produces wisdom;

his tongue speaks justice.

31The instructionj of his God is in his heart;

his steps will not slip.

32The wicked stalks the righteous person, seeking to kill him,

33but the LORD will not let him fall into his hands.

He will not be condemned when he is put on trial.

34Wait on the LORD,

Keep faithful to his way,

and he will exalt you to possess the land.

You will see the wicked cut off.

35I once observed a wicked and oppressive person,

flourishing like a green tree in native soil.

36But then hek passed away;l

in fact, he simply was not there.

When I looked for him,

he could not be found.

37Observe the blameless!

Take note of the upright!

Indeed, the future of that man is peace.

38Sinners will be destroyed together;

the future of the wicked will be cut off.

39But deliverance for the righteous one comes from the LORD;

he is their strength in times of distress.

40The LORD helps and delivers them;

he will deliver them from the wicked,

and he will save them because they have sought refuge in him.

a 37:T This acrostic psalm begins each verse with a consecutive letter of the Hebrew alphabet
b 37:6 The Heb. lacks sun
c 37:9 i.e. trust
d 37:20 Lit. like glorious things
e 37:20 So LXX DSS 4QpPs; MT reads in
f 37:22 Lit. him
g 37:23 Lit. he
h 37:27 The Heb. lacks in the land
i 37:28 So LXX DSS 4QpPs; the Heb. lacks this line
j 37:31 Or law
k 37:36 So MT; LXX 4QpPs read I
l 37:36 So MT; LXX reads I passed by; Syr Hieronymus DSS 4QpPs read I passed by in front of him

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