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Psalm 37 :: New International Version (NIV)

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[fn]Of David. Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;

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for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.

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Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

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Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

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Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:

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He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.

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Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

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Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.

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For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

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A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.

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But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.

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The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them;

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but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.

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The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright.

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But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken.

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Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked;

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for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.

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The blameless spend their days under the LORD’s care, and their inheritance will endure forever.

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In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

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But the wicked will perish: Though the LORD’s enemies are like the flowers of the field, they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.

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The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously;

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those the LORD blesses will inherit the land, but those he curses will be destroyed.

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The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;

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though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.

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I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.

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They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing.[fn]

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Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever.

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For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed[fn]; the offspring of the wicked will perish.

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The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.

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The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.

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The law of their God is in their hearts; their feet do not slip.

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The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, intent on putting them to death;

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but the LORD will not leave them in the power of the wicked or let them be condemned when brought to trial.

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Hope in the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.

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I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,

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but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found.

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Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace.[fn]

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But all sinners will be destroyed; there will be no future[fn] for the wicked.

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The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.

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The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.
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NIV Footnotes
This psalm is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
Or freely; / the names of their children will be used in blessings (see Gen. 48:20); or freely; / others will see that their children are blessed
See Septuagint; Hebrew They will be protected forever
Or upright; / those who seek peace will have posterity
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