|[A Psalm of David.]|
|Fret not yourself because of the wicked, |
be not envious of wrongdoers!
|Fate of the Wicked & of the Good. Psalm 37(v36)|
|For they will soon fade like the grass, |
and wither like the green herb.
|Trust in the LORD, and do good; |
so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security.
|Take delight in the LORD, |
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
|Commit your way to the LORD; |
trust in him, and he will act.
|He will bring forth your vindication as the light, |
and your right as the noonday.
|Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for him; |
fret not yourself over him who prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices!
|Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! |
Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
|For the wicked shall be cut off; |
but those who wait for the LORD shall possess the land.
|Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more; |
though you look well at his place, he will not be there.
|But the meek shall possess the land, |
and delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
|The wicked plots against the righteous, |
and gnashes his teeth at him;
|but the LORD laughs at the wicked, |
for he sees that his day is coming.
|The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows, |
to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those who walk uprightly;
|their sword shall enter their own heart, |
and their bows shall be broken.
|Better is a little that the righteous has |
than the abundance of many wicked.
|For the arms of the wicked shall be broken; |
but the LORD upholds the righteous.
|The LORD knows the days of the blameless, |
and their heritage will abide for ever;
|they are not put to shame in evil times, |
in the days of famine they have abundance.
|But the wicked perish; |
the enemies of the LORD are like the glory of the pastures,
they vanish - like smoke they vanish away.
|The wicked borrows, and cannot pay back, |
but the righteous is generous and gives;
|for those blessed by the LORD shall possess the land, |
but those cursed by him shall be cut off.
|The steps of a man are from the LORD, |
and he establishes him in whose way he delights;
|though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, |
for the LORD is the stay of his hand.
|I have been young, and now am old; |
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging bread.
|He is ever giving liberally and lending, |
and his children become a blessing.
|Depart from evil, and do good; |
so shall you abide for ever.
|For the LORD loves justice; |
he will not forsake his saints.
The righteous shall be preserved for ever,
|The righteous shall possess the land, |
and dwell upon it for ever.
|The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, |
and his tongue speaks justice.
|The law of his God is in his heart; |
his steps do not slip.
|The wicked watches the righteous, |
and seeks to slay him.
|The LORD will not abandon him to his power, |
or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.
|Wait for the LORD, and keep to his way, |
and he will exalt you to possess the land;
you will look on the destruction of the wicked.
|I have seen a wicked man overbearing, |
and towering like a cedar of Lebanon.
|Again I passed by, and, lo, he was no more; |
though I sought him, he could not be found.
|Mark the blameless man, and behold the upright, |
for there is posterity for the man of peace.
|But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; |
the posterity of the wicked shall be cut off.
|The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; |
he is their refuge in the time of trouble.
|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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