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Psalm 37 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:1 - [fn]Of David. Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:2 - for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:3 - Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:4 - Take delight 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 do this:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:6 - He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:7 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:8 - Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:9 - For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:10 - A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:11 - But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:12 - The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:13 - but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:14 - The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:15 - But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:16 - Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:17 - for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:18 - The blameless spend their days under the LORD’s care, and their inheritance will endure forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:19 - In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:20 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:21 - The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:22 - those the LORD blesses will inherit the land, but those he curses will be destroyed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:23 - The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:24 - though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:25 - I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:26 - They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:27 - Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:28 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:29 - The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:30 - The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:31 - The law of their God is in their hearts; their feet do not slip.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:32 - The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, intent on putting them to death;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:33 - but the LORD will not leave them in the power of the wicked or let them be condemned when brought to trial.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:34 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:35 - I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:36 - but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:37 - Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:38 - But all sinners will be destroyed; there will be no future[fn] for the wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:39 - The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in 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.
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
Or posterity

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