Monday, June 15, 2009

Psalm 37

(English Standard Version)

He Will Not Forsake His Saints
Of David.
1Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
be not envious of wrongdoers!
2For they will soon fade like the grass
and witherlike the green herb.

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
4Delight yourself in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him, and he will act.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.

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!

8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
R Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
9 For the evildoers shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the LORD shallT)">(T) inherit the land.

10InU)">(U) just a little while, the wicked will be no more;
though you look carefully atV)">(V) his place, he will not be there.
11ButW)">(W) the meek (those who know there power but choose to not use it without God's wisdom) shall inherit the land
and delight themselves inX)">(X) abundant peace.

12The wickedY)">(Y) plots against the righteous
andZ)">(Z) gnashes his teeth at him,
13but the LordAA)">(AA) laughs at the wicked,
for he sees that hisAB)">(AB) day is coming.

14The wicked draw the sword andAC)">(AC) bend their bows
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whoseAD)">(AD) way is upright;
15their sword shall enter their own heart,
and theirAE)">(AE) bows shall be broken.

16AF)">(AF) Better is the little that the righteous has
than the abundance of many wicked.
17ForAG)">(AG) the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
but the LORDAH)">(AH) upholds the righteous.

18The LORDAI)">(AI) knows the days of the blameless,
and theirAJ)">(AJ) heritage will remain forever;
19they are not put to shame in evil times;
inAK)">(AK) the days of famine they have abundance.

20But the wicked will perish;
the enemies of the LORD are likeAL)">(AL) the glory of the pastures;
they vanish—likeAM)">(AM) smoke they vanish away.

21The wicked borrows but does not pay back,
but the righteousAN)">(AN) is generous and gives;
22for those blessed by the LORDc]">[c] shallAO)">(AO) inherit the land,
but those cursed by himAP)">(AP) shall be cut off.

23TheAQ)">(AQ) steps of a man areAR)">(AR) established by the LORD,
when he delights in his way;
24AS)">(AS) though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
for the LORDAT)">(AT) upholds his hand.

25I have been young, and now am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or his childrenAU)">(AU) begging for bread.
26He is everAV)">(AV) lending generously,
and his children become a blessing.

27AW)">(AW) Turn away from evil and do good;
so shall youAX)">(AX) dwell forever.
28For the LORDAY)">(AY) loves justice;
he will not forsake hisAZ)">(AZ) saints.
They are preserved forever,
but the children of the wicked shall beBA)">(BA) cut off.
29The righteous shall inherit the land
andBB)">(BB) dwell upon it forever.

30The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
and his tongue speaks justice.
31BC)">(BC) The law of his God is in his heart;
hisBD)">(BD) steps do not slip.

32The wickedBE)">(BE) watches for the righteous
and seeks to put him to death.
33The LORD will notBF)">(BF) abandon him to his power
or let himBG)">(BG) be condemned when he is brought to trial.

34BH)">(BH) Wait for the LORD and keep his way,
and he will exalt you to inherit the land;
you will look onBI)">(BI) when the wicked are cut off.

35BJ)">(BJ) I have seen a wicked, ruthless man,
spreading himself likeBK)">(BK) a green laurel tree.d]">[d]
36But he passed away,e]">[e] and behold,BL)">(BL) he was no more;
though I sought him, he could not be found.

37Mark the blameless and behold the upright,
for there is a future for the man ofBM)">(BM) peace.
38ButBN)">(BN) transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;
the future of the wickedBO)">(BO) shall be cut off.

39BP)">(BP) The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;
he is their stronghold inBQ)">(BQ) the time of trouble.
40The LORD helps them andBR)">(BR) delivers them;
BS)">(BS) he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because theyBT)">(BT) take refuge in him.


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