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Psalm 37 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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A Psalm of David. Fret not yourself because of the wicked, be not envious of wrongdoers!

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For they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb.

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Trust in the LORD, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security.

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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 act.

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He will bring forth your vindication as the light, and your right as the noonday.

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Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over him who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

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Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.

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For the wicked shall be cut off; but those who wait for the LORD shall possess the land.

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Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look well at his place, he will not be there.

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But the meek shall possess the land, and delight themselves in abundant prosperity.

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The wicked plots against the righteous, and gnashes his teeth at him;

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but the LORD laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.

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The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows, to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those who walk uprightly;

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their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

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Better is a little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked.

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For the arms of the wicked shall be broken; but the LORD upholds the righteous.

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The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will abide for ever;

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they are not put to shame in evil times, in the days of famine they have abundance.

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But the wicked perish; the enemies of the LORD are like the glory of the pastures, they vanish--like smoke they vanish away.

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The wicked borrows, and cannot pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives;

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for those blessed by the LORD shall possess the land, but those cursed by him shall be cut off.

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The steps of a man are from the LORD, and he establishes him in whose way he delights;

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though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD is the stay of his hand.

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I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging bread.

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He is ever giving liberally and lending, and his children become a blessing.

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Depart from evil, and do good; so shall you abide for ever.

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For the LORD loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. The righteous shall be preserved for ever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.

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The righteous shall possess the land, and dwell upon it for ever.

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The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.

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The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip.

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The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him.

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The LORD will not abandon him to his power, or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.

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Wait for the LORD, and keep to his way, and he will exalt you to possess the land; you will look on the destruction of the wicked.

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I have seen a wicked man overbearing, and towering like a cedar of Lebanon.

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Again I passed by, and, lo, he was no more; though I sought him, he could not be found.

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Mark the blameless man, and behold the upright, for there is posterity for the man of peace.

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But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; the posterity of the wicked shall be cut off.

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The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their refuge in the 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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