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Psalm 37 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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He Will Not Forsake His Saints

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:1 - [fn] Of David.
Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
be not envious of wrongdoers!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:2 - For they will soon fade like the grass
and wither like the green herb.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:3 - Trust in the LORD, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:4 - Delight yourself in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:5 - Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him, and he will act.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:6 - He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:7 - Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:8 - Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:9 - For the evildoers shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:10 - In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;
though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:11 - But the meek shall inherit the land
and delight themselves in abundant peace.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:12 - The wicked plots against the righteous
and gnashes his teeth at him,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:13 - but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he sees that his day is coming.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:14 - The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose way is upright;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:15 - their sword shall enter their own heart,
and their bows shall be broken.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:16 - Better is the little that the righteous has
than the abundance of many wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:17 - For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
but the LORD upholds the righteous.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:18 - The LORD knows the days of the blameless,
and their heritage will remain forever;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:19 - they are not put to shame in evil times;
in the days of famine they have abundance.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:20 - But the wicked will perish;
the enemies of the LORD are like the glory of the pastures;
they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:21 - The wicked borrows but does not pay back,
but the righteous is generous and gives;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:22 - for those blessed by the LORD[fn] shall inherit the land,
but those cursed by him shall be cut off.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:23 - The steps of a man are established by the LORD,
when he delights in his way;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:24 - though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
for the LORD upholds his hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:25 - I have been young, and now am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or his children begging for bread.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:26 - He is ever lending generously,
and his children become a blessing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:27 - Turn away from evil and do good;
so shall you dwell forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:28 - For the LORD loves justice;
he will not forsake his saints.
They are preserved forever,
but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:29 - The righteous shall inherit the land
and dwell upon it forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:30 - The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
and his tongue speaks justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:31 - The law of his God is in his heart;
his steps do not slip.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:32 - The wicked watches for the righteous
and seeks to put him to death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:33 - The LORD will not abandon him to his power
or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:34 - Wait for the LORD and keep his way,
and he will exalt you to inherit the land;
you will look on when the wicked are cut off.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:35 - I have seen a wicked, ruthless man,
spreading himself like a green laurel tree.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:36 - But he passed away,[fn] and behold, he was no more;
though I sought him, he could not be found.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:37 - Mark the blameless and behold the upright,
for there is a future for the man of peace.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:38 - But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;
the future of the wicked shall be cut off.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:39 - The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;
he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:40 - The LORD helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.
ESV Footnotes
This psalm is an acrostic poem, each stanza beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
Or and feed on faithfulness, or and find safe pasture
Hebrew by him
The identity of this tree is uncertain
Or But one passed by

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