Psalm 37 New American Standard Bible

The Insecurity of the Wicked

37 1  Do not fret because of evildoers , Be not envious toward wrongdoers . 2  For they will wither quickly like the grass And fade like the green herb . 3  Trust in the Lord and do good ; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness . 4  Delight yourself in the Lord ; And He will give you the desires of your heart . 5  Commit your way to the Lord , Trust also in Him, and He will do it. 6  He will bring forth your righteousness as the light And your judgment as the noonday .

7  Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way , Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes . 8  Cease from anger and forsake wrath ; Do not fret ; it leads only to evildoing . 9  For evildoers will be cut off , But those who wait for the Lord , they will inherit the land . 10  Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more ; And you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there. 11  But the humble will inherit the land And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity . 12  The wicked plots against the righteous And gnashes at him with his teeth . 13  The Lord laughs at him, For He sees his day is coming . 14  The wicked have drawn the sword and bent their bow To cast down the afflicted and the needy , To slay those who are upright in conduct . 15  Their sword will enter their own heart , And their bows will be broken . 16  Better is the little of the righteous Than the abundance of many wicked . 17  For the arms of the wicked will be broken , But the Lord sustains the righteous . 18  The Lord knows the days of the blameless , And their inheritance will be forever . 19  They will not be ashamed in the time of evil , And in the days of famine they will have abundance . 20  But the wicked will perish ; And the enemies of the Lord will be like the glory of the pastures , They vanish - like smoke they vanish away.

21  The wicked borrows and does not pay back , But the righteous is gracious and gives . 22  For those blessed by Him will inherit the land , But those cursed by Him will be cut off . 23  The steps of a man are established by the Lord , And He delights in his way . 24  When he falls , he will not be hurled headlong , Because the Lord is the One who holds his hand . 25  I have been young and now I am old , Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken Or his descendants begging bread . 26  All day long he is gracious and lends , And his descendants are a blessing . 27  Depart from evil and do good , So you will abide forever . 28  For the Lord loves justice And does not forsake His godly ones ; They are preserved forever , But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off . 29  The righteous will inherit the land And dwell in it forever . 30  The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom , And his tongue speaks justice . 31  The law of his God is in his heart ; His steps do not slip . 32  The wicked spies upon the righteous And seeks to kill him. 33  The Lord will not leave him in his hand Or let him be condemned when he is judged .

34  Wait for the Lord and keep His way , And He will exalt you to inherit the land ; When the wicked are cut off , you will see it. 35  I have seen a wicked , violent man Spreading himself like a luxuriant tree in its native soil. 36  Then he passed away , and lo , he was no more ; I sought for him, but he could not be found . 37  Mark the blameless man , and behold the upright ; For the man of peace will have a posterity . 38  But transgressors will be altogether destroyed ; The posterity of the wicked will be cut off . 39  But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord ; He is their strength in time of trouble . 40  The Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, Because they take refuge in Him.

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