Psalms 37

# Psalm 37 In Hebrew, about every other verse in this psalm begins with the next letter of the alphabet. A song of David.
1Don’t get upset about evil people.
Don’t be jealous of those who do wrong.
2They are like grass and other green plants
that dry up quickly and then die.
3So trust in the Lord and do good.
Live on your land and be dependable.#37:3 be dependable Literally, “shepherd faithfulness.”
4Enjoy serving the Lord,
and he will give you whatever you ask for.
5Depend on the Lord.
Trust in him, and he will help you.
6He will make it as clear as day that you are right.
Everyone will see that you are being fair.
7Trust in the Lord and wait quietly for his help.
Don’t be angry when people make evil plans and succeed.
8Don’t become so angry and upset that you, too, want to do evil.
9The wicked will be destroyed,
but those who call to the Lord for help will get the land he promised.
10In a short time there will be no more evil people.
You can look for them all you want, but they will be gone.
11Humble people will get the land God promised,
and they will enjoy peace.
12The wicked plan bad things for those who are good.
They show their teeth in anger at them.
13But our Lord will laugh at them.
He will make sure they get what they deserve.
14The wicked draw their swords to kill the poor and the helpless.
They aim their arrows to murder all who live right.
15But their bows will break,
and their swords will pierce their own hearts.
16A few good people are better
than a large crowd of those who are evil.
17The wicked will be destroyed,
but the Lord cares for those who are good.
18The Lord protects pure people all their life.
Their reward will continue forever.
19When trouble comes,
good people will not be destroyed.
When times of hunger come,
good people will have plenty to eat.
20But evil people are the Lord’s enemies,
and they will be destroyed.
Their valleys will dry up and burn.
They will be destroyed completely.
21The wicked borrow money and never pay it back.
But good people are kind and generous.
22Everyone the Lord blesses will get the land he promised.
Everyone he curses will be destroyed.
23The Lord shows us how we should live,
and he is pleased when he sees people living that way.
24If they stumble, they will not fall,
because the Lord reaches out to steady them.
25I was young, and now I am old,
but I have never seen good people left with no one to help them;
I have never seen their children begging for food.
26They are kind and generous,
and their children are a blessing.
27Stop doing anything evil and do good,
and you will always have a place to live.
28The Lord loves what is right,
and he will never leave his followers without help.
He will always protect them,
but he will destroy the families of the wicked.
29Good people will get the land God promised
and will live on it forever.
30Those who do what is right give good advice.
Their decisions are always fair.
31They have learned God’s teachings,
and they will never stop living right.#37:31 they … right Literally, “his steps will not slip.”
32The wicked are always looking for ways to kill good people.
33But the Lord will not let the wicked defeat them.
He will not let good people be judged guilty.
34Do what the Lord says, and wait for his help.
He will reward you and give you the land he promised.
You will see the wicked being forced to leave.
35I once saw a wicked man who was powerful.
He was like a strong, healthy tree.
36But then he was gone.
I looked for him, but I could not find him.
37Be pure and honest.
Peace-loving people will have many descendants.
38But those who break the law will be destroyed completely.
And their descendants will be forced to leave the land.#37:38 forced to leave the land Or “destroyed.” Literally, “cut off.”
39The Lord saves those who are good.
When they have troubles, he is their strength.
40The Lord helps good people and rescues them.
They depend on him, so he rescues them from the wicked.