37:1 «[A Psalm] of David.» Fret not a thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
(a) He admonishes us neither to vex ourselves for
the prosperous estate of the wicked, or to desire to be like them to make our
37:2 For they shall soon be b
cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
(b) For God's judgment cuts down their state in
37:3 c Trust
in the LORD, and do good; [so] shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou
shalt be fed.
(c) To trust in God and do according to his will
are sure signs that his providence will never fail us.
Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to
(d) Do not be led by your own wisdom, but obey
God and he will finish his work in you.
37:6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as
the light, and thy e judgment as the
(e) As the hope of daylight causes us not to be
offended with the darkness of the night so ought we patiently to trust that
God will clear our cause and restore us to our right.
37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him:
fret not thyself because of him f who
prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
(f) When God allows the wicked to prosper, it
seems to the flesh that he favours their doings, (Job
37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: g
fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
(g) Meaning, unless he moderates his affection,
he will be led to do as they do.
For yet a little while, and the wicked [shall] not [be]: yea, thou shalt
diligently consider his place, and it [shall] not [be].
(y) He corrects the impatience of our nature,
which cannot abide till the fulness of God's time is come.
The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
(i) The godly are assured that the power and
craft of the wicked will not prevail against them, but fall on their own necks
and therefore should patiently abide God's time, and in the meanwhile bewail
their sins, and offer up their tears as a sacrifice of their obedience.
k A little that a righteous man hath
[is] better than the riches of many wicked.
(k) For they are daily fed as with manna from
heaven and have sufficient, while the wicked never have enough, but always
37:18 The LORD l
knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
(l) God knows what dangers hang over his, and by
what means to deliver them.
37:19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time:
and in the days of famine they shall m
(m) For God will give them contented minds, and
that which will be necessary.
37:20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies
of the LORD [shall be] as the n fat of
lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.
(n) They will vanish away suddenly for they are
fed for the day of slaughter.
37:21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again:
but the righteous sheweth mercy, and o
(o) God so furnishes him with high blessings,
that he is able to help others.
The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
(p) God prospers the faithful because they walk
in his ways with an upright conscience.
37:24 Though he q
fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth [him with] his
(q) When God exercises his faith with various
37:25 I have been young, and [now] am old; yet have
I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his r
seed begging bread.
(r) Though the just man die, yet God's
blessings are extended to his posterity and though God suffer some just man to
lack temporal benefits, yet he recompenses him with spiritual treasures.
The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein s
(s) They will continually be preserved under
God's wings, and have at least inward rest.
37:30 The t
mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.
(t) These three points are required from the
faithful, that their talk is godly, that God's law is in their heart, and
that their life is upright.
The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is u
(u) For though it is sometimes so expedient both
for God's glory and their salvation, yet he will approve their cause and
avenge their wrong.
Yet he x passed away, and, lo, he [was]
not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
(x) So that the prosperity of the wicked is but
as a cloud, which vanishes away in a moment.
Mark the perfect [man], and behold the upright: for the end of [that] man [is]
(y) He exhorts the faithful to mark diligently
the examples both of God's mercies, and also of his judgments.
37:39 But the z
salvation of the righteous [is] of the LORD: [he is] their strength in the time
(z) He shows that the patient hope of the godly
is never in vain, but in the end has good success, though for a time God
proves them by various temptations.