Psalms 37

The Protection of the Righteous and the Destruction of the Wicked
Of David.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
1Do not fret because of evildoers;
do not be envious of doers of wickedness.
2For like the grass they will dry up quickly,
and like green vegetation they will wither.
3Trust Yahweh and do good.
Abide in the land and feed on faithfulness.#That is, God’s faithfulness
4Take pleasure in Yahweh as well,
and he will give to you the requests of your heart.
5Commit to#Literally “Roll upon” Yahweh your way;
Trust also on him and he will act.
6Then he will bring forth your righteousness like the light,
and your justice like the noonday.
7Be quiet before Yahweh and wait for him.
Do not fret about one who succeeds in his way,
about a man making plots.
8Refrain from anger and forsake wrath.
Do not fret; it only brings evil.
9For evildoers will be cut off,
but those who wait for Yahweh—
they will possess the land.
10And#Or “But” yet a little while and the wicked will not be,
and you will look carefully upon his place, but he will not be.
11But the afflicted will possess the land,
and they will take pleasure in an abundance of peace.
12The wicked plans evil against the righteous,
and gnashes at him with his teeth.
13The Lord laughs at him,
for he sees that his day is coming.
14The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow
to throw down the poor and the needy,
to kill those upright in their way.
15Their sword will enter into their own heart,
and their bows shall be broken.
16The little belonging to the righteous is better
than the wealth of many wicked.
17For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
but Yahweh supports the righteous.
18Yahweh knows the days of the blameless,
and their inheritance will be forever.
19They will not be put to shame in distressing times,#Hebrew “time”
and in the days of famine they will be satisfied.
20But the wicked will perish,
and the enemies of Yahweh will be like the splendor of the pastures.
They vanish; in smoke they vanish.
21The wicked borrows and does not repay,
but the righteous is gracious and gives.
22For those blessed by him shall possess the land,
but those cursed by him shall be cut off.
23The steps of a man are established by Yahweh,
and he takes pleasure in his way.
24Though he fall, he will not be cast headlong,
for Yahweh supports him with his hand.
25I was a youth, but I am now old;
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or his children begging for#Literally “searching” bread.
26All the day he is gracious and lends,
and his children are a blessing.
27Turn aside from evil and do good
and so abide forever.
28For Yahweh loves justice
and will not forsake his faithful ones.
They are protected forever.
But the children of the wicked will be cut off.
29The righteous will possess the land
and abide in it forever.
30The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
and his tongue speaks justice.
31The law of his God is in his heart.
His steps will not slip.
32The wicked watches for the righteous
and seeks to kill him.
33Yahweh will not abandon him into his hand,
and he will not let him be condemned when he is judged.
34Wait for Yahweh and keep his way,
and he will exalt you to possess the land.
When the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
35I have seen the wicked acting violently
and spreading himself out
like a luxuriant native tree.
36Then he passed on#Dead Sea Scrolls and the versions read “I passed by” and behold, he was not.
And I sought him, but he could not be found.
37Observe the blameless and look at the upright,
for there is a future for a man of peace.
38But transgressors shall be destroyed altogether.
The future of the wicked shall be cut off.
39And#Some manuscripts omit “and,” preserving the acrostic the salvation of the righteous is from Yahweh,
their refuge in the time of trouble.
40And Yahweh helps them and he rescues them.
He rescues them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.