Psalms 37

Instruction in Wisdom
1Do # The lines of this poem form an acrostic. not be agitated by evildoers;
do not envy those who do wrong. # Ps 73:3; Pr 3:31; 23:17; 24:19
2For they wither quickly like grass
and wilt like tender green plants. # Ps 92:7; 129:6; Jms 1:11
3Trust in the Lord and do what is good; # Ps 62:8
dwell in the land and live securely. # Or and cultivate faithfulness # Pr 2:21
4Take delight in the Lord,
and He will give you your heart’s desires. # Ps 21:2; 145:19; Is 58:14
5Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in Him, and He will act, # Ps 55:22; Pr 16:3; 1Pt 5:7
6making your righteousness shine like the dawn,
your justice like the noonday. # Ps 97:11; Is 58:8,10
7Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him; # Ps 40:1; Lm 3:26
do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way,
by the man who carries out evil plans. # Jr 12:1
8Refrain from anger and give up your rage;
do not be agitated — it can only bring harm. # Eph 4:31; Col 3:8
9For evildoers will be destroyed,
but those who put their hope in the Lord
will inherit the land. # Or earth # Pr 2:21; Is 57:13; 60:21
10A little while, and the wicked person will be no more;
though you look for him, he will not be there. # Jb 7:10; 24:24; Ps 37:35-36
11But the humble will inherit the land # Or earth # Mt 5:5
and will enjoy abundant prosperity. # Ps 72:7
12The wicked person schemes against the righteous
and gnashes his teeth at him. # Ps 31:13,20; 35:16
13The Lord laughs at him # Ps 2:4; 59:8; Hab 1:10
because He sees that his day is coming. # 1Sm 26:10
14The wicked have drawn the sword and strung the # Lit their bow
to bring down the afflicted and needy
and to slaughter those whose way is upright. # Ps 11:2; Lm 2:4
15Their swords will enter their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken. # 1Sm 2:4; Ps 46:9
16The little that the righteous man has is better
than the abundance of many wicked people. # Pr 15:16; 16:8
17For the arms # Or power of the wicked will be broken, # Ps 10:15
but the Lord supports the righteous. # Ps 145:14
18The Lord watches over the blameless all their days,
and their inheritance will last forever. # Ps 1:6
19They will not be disgraced in times of adversity;
they will be satisfied in days of hunger. # Jb 5:20; Ps 33:19
20But the wicked will perish;
the Lord’s enemies, like the glory of the pastures,
will fade away —
they will fade away like smoke. # Ps 68:2; Hs 13:3
21The wicked man borrows and does not repay,
but the righteous one is gracious and giving. # Ps 112:5,9
22Those who are blessed by Him will inherit the land, # Or earth
but those cursed by Him will be destroyed. # Pr 3:33
23A man’s steps are established by the Lord,
and He takes pleasure in his way. # 1Sm 2:9; Ps 66:9
24Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed,
because the Lord holds his hand. # Or Lord supports with His hand # Ps 145:14; Pr 24:16; Mc 7:8
25I have been young and now I am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned
or his children begging for bread. # Is 41:17
26He is always generous, always lending,
and his children are a blessing. # Dt 15:8; Ps 112:5,9; Mt 5:42
27Turn away from evil and do what is good,
and dwell there # = dwell in the land forever. # Ps 34:14; 102:28
28For the Lord loves justice
and will not abandon His faithful ones. # Dt 31:6; Heb 13:5
They are kept safe forever,
but the children of the wicked will be destroyed. # Ps 21:10; Pr 2:22
29The righteous will inherit the land # Or earth
and dwell in it permanently. # Pr 2:21; Is 60:21
30The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom;
his tongue speaks what is just. # Ps 49:3; 119:13; Pr 10:13
31The instruction of his God is in his heart;
his steps do not falter. # Dt 6:6; Ps 40:8; 119:11
32The wicked one lies in wait for the righteous
and seeks to kill him; # Ps 10:8; 17:11
33the Lord will not leave him
in the power of the wicked one
or allow him to be condemned when he is judged. # Ps 34:22; 109:31; 2Pt 2:9
34Wait for the Lord and keep His way,
and He will exalt you to inherit the land.
You will watch when the wicked are destroyed. # Ps 27:14; 52:5-6; 91:8
35I have seen a wicked, violent man
well-rooted # Hb obscure like a flourishing native tree. # Jb 5:3; Jr 12:2
36Then I passed by and # DSS, LXX, Syr, Vg, Jer; MT reads Then he passed away, and I noticed he was gone;
I searched for him, but he could not be found. # Jb 20:5
37Watch the blameless and observe the upright,
for the man of peace will have a future. # Or posterity # Is 57:1-2
38But transgressors will all be eliminated;
the future # Or posterity of the wicked will be destroyed. # Ps 1:4-6; Pr 2:22
39The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord,
their refuge in a time of distress. # Ps 3:8; 9:9; 62:1
40The Lord helps and delivers them;
He will deliver them from the wicked and will save them
because they take refuge in Him. # Ps 22:4; 34:22; 54:4