Psalm 37
English Revised Version

Don't Fret Because of Evildoers

(1 Kings 2:1-9)

1A Psalm of David.


Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, neither be thou envious against them that work unrighteousness.

2For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.


3Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and follow after faithfulness.

4Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.


5Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass.

6Add he shall make thy righteousness to go forth as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.


7Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.


8Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself, it tendeth only to evil-doing.

9For evil-doers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the land.


10For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and he shall not be.

11But the meek shall inherit the land; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.


12The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

13The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.


14The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow; to cast down the poor and needy, to slay such as be upright in the way:

15Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.


16Better is a little that the righteous hath than the abundance of many wicked.

17For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.


18The LORD knoweth the days of the perfect: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

19They shall not be ashamed in the time of evil: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.


20But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the excellency of the pastures: they shall consume; in smoke shall they consume away.


21The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous dealeth graciously, and giveth.

22For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the land; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.


23A man's goings are established of the LORD; and he delighteth in his way.

24Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.


25I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging their bread.

26All the day long he dealeth graciously, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.


27Depart from evil, and do good; dwell for evermore.

28For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

29The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.


30The mouth of the righteous talketh of wisdom, and his tongue speaketh judgment.

31The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.


32The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

33The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.


34Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.


35I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil.

36But one passed by, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.


37Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the latter end of that man is peace.

38As for transgressors, they shall be destroyed together: the latter end of the wicked shall be cut off.


39But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strong hold in the time of trouble.

40And the LORD helpeth them, and rescueth them: he rescueth them from the wicked, and saveth them, because they have taken refuge in him.

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