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Psalm 37 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Heritage of the Righteous and the Calamity of the Wicked
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:1 - A Psalm of David.

Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:2 - For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:3 - Trust in the LORD, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:4 - Delight yourself also in the LORD,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:5 - Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:6 - He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:7 - Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:8 - Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:9 - For evildoers shall be cut off;
But those who wait on the LORD,
They shall inherit the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:10 - For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;
Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,
But it shall be no more.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:11 - But the meek shall inherit the earth,
And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:12 - The wicked plots against the just,
And gnashes at him with his teeth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:13 - The Lord laughs at him,
For He sees that his day is coming.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:14 - The wicked have drawn the sword
And have bent their bow,
To cast down the poor and needy,
To slay those who are of upright conduct.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:15 - Their sword shall enter their own heart,
And their bows shall be broken.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:16 - A little that a righteous man has
Is better than the riches 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 upright,
And their inheritance shall be forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:19 - They shall not be ashamed in the evil time,
And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:20 - But the wicked shall perish;
And the enemies of the LORD,
Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish.
Into smoke they shall vanish away.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:21 - The wicked borrows and does not repay,
But the righteous shows mercy and gives.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:22 - For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth,
But those cursed by Him shall be cut off.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:23 - The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD,
And He delights in his way.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:24 - Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the LORD upholds him with His hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:25 - I have been young, and now am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his descendants begging bread.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:26 - He is ever merciful, and lends;
And his descendants are blessed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:27 - Depart from evil, and do good;
And dwell forevermore.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:28 - For the LORD loves justice,
And does not forsake His saints;
They are preserved forever,
But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:29 - The righteous shall inherit the land,
And dwell in it forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:30 - The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom,
And his tongue talks of justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:31 - The law of his God is in his heart;
None of his steps shall slide.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:32 - The wicked watches the righteous,
And seeks to slay him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:33 - The LORD will not leave him in his hand,
Nor condemn him when he is judged.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:34 - Wait on the LORD,
And keep His way,
And He shall exalt you to inherit the land;
When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:35 - I have seen the wicked in great power,
And spreading himself like a native green tree.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:36 - Yet he passed away,[fn] and behold, he was no more;
Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:37 - Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright;
For the future of that man is peace.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:38 - But the transgressors shall be destroyed together;
The future of the wicked shall be cut off.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:39 - But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;
He is their strength in the time of trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 37:40 - And the LORD shall help them and deliver them;
He shall deliver them from the wicked,
And save them,
Because they trust in Him.
NKJV Footnotes
Following Masoretic Text, Septuagint, and Targum; Syriac and Vulgate read I passed by.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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