Psalm 37:1-9 New International Version

The Insecurity of the Wicked

37 1  [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 Lordand 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.


[1] 37:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

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