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Psalms 37 (asv)

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A Psalm of David.

Exhortation to Patience and Trust

37:1Fret not thyself because of evil-doers,
  Neither be thou envious against them that work unrighteousness.
37:2For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
  And wither as the green herb.

37:3Trust in Jehovah, and do good;
  Dwell in the land, and feed on his faithfulness.
37:4Delight thyself also in Jehovah;
  And he will give thee the desires of thy heart.

37:5Commit thy way unto Jehovah;
  Trust also in him, and he will bring it to pass.
37:6And he will make thy righteousness to go forth as the light,
  And thy justice as the noon-day.

37:7Rest in Jehovah, and wait patiently for him:
  Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way,
  Because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

37:8Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:
  Fret not thyself, it tendeth only to evil-doing.
37:9For evil-doers shall be cut off;
  But those that wait for Jehovah, they shall inherit the land.

37:10For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be:
  Yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and he shall not be.
37:11But the meek shall inherit the land,
  And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

37:12The wicked plotteth against the just,
  And gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
37:13The Lord will laugh at him;
  For he seeth that his day is coming.

37:14The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow,
  To cast down the poor and needy,
  To slay such as are upright in the way.
37:15Their sword shall enter into their own heart,
  And their bows shall be broken.

37:16Better is a little that the righteous hath
  Than the abundance of many wicked.
37:17For the arms of the wicked shall be broken;
  But Jehovah upholdeth the righteous.

37:18Jehovah knoweth the days of the perfect;
  And their inheritance shall be for ever.
37:19They shall not be put to shame in the time of evil;
  And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

37:20But the wicked shall perish,
  And the enemies of Jehovah shall be as the fat of lambs:
  They shall consume; In smoke shall they consume away.

37:21The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again;
  But the righteous dealeth graciously, and giveth.
37:22For such as are blessed of him shall inherit the land;
  And they that are cursed of him shall be cut off.

37:23A man's goings are established of Jehovah;
  And he delighteth in his way.
37:24Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
  For Jehovah upholdeth him with his hand.

37:25I have been young, and now am old;
  Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken,
  Nor his seed begging bread.
37:26All the day long he dealeth graciously, and lendeth;
  And his seed is blessed.

37:27Depart from evil, and do good;
  And dwell for evermore.
37:28For Jehovah loveth justice,
  And forsaketh not his saints;

They are preserved for ever:
  But the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
37:29The righteous shall inherit the land,
  And dwell therein for ever.

37:30The mouth of the righteous talketh of wisdom,
  And his tongue speaketh justice.
37:31The law of his God is in his heart;
  None of his steps shall slide.

37:32The wicked watcheth the righteous,
  And seeketh to slay him.
37:33Jehovah will not leave him in his hand,
  Nor condemn him when he is judged.

37:34Wait for Jehovah, and keep his way,
  And he will exalt thee to inherit the land:
  When the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

37:35I have seen the wicked in great power,
  And spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil.
37:36But one passed by, and, lo, he was not:
  Yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

37:37Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright;
  For there is a happy end to the man of peace.
37:38As for transgressors, they shall be destroyed together;
  The end of the wicked shall be cut off.

37:39But the salvation of the righteous is of Jehovah;
  He is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
37:40And Jehovah helpeth them, and rescueth them;
  He rescueth them from the wicked, and saveth them,
  Because they have taken refuge in him.


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