Psalm 37:1-40

Of David. א [Aleph] 37  Do not be upset* because of evil menOr envious of wrongdoers.+   They will quickly wither like grass+And shrivel like green new grass. ב [Beth]   Trust in Jehovah and do what is good;+Reside in the earth,* and act with faithfulness.+   Find exquisite delight* in Jehovah,And he will grant you the desires of your heart. ג [Gimel]   Commit your way to* Jehovah;+Rely on him, and he will act in your behalf.+   He will make your righteousness shine like daybreak,And your justice like the midday sun. ד [Daleth]   Keep silent before Jehovah+And wait expectantly* for him. Do not be upset by the manWho succeeds in carrying out his schemes.+ ה [He]   Let go of anger and abandon rage;+Do not become upset and turn to doing evil.*   For evil men will be done away with,+But those hoping in Jehovah will possess the earth.+ ו [Waw] 10  Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more;+You will look at where they were,And they will not be there.+ 11  But the meek will possess the earth,+And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.+ ז [Zayin] 12  The wicked man plots against the righteous;+He grinds his teeth at him. 13  But Jehovah will laugh at him,For He knows that his day will come.+ ח [Heth] 14  The wicked draw their swords and bend* their bowsTo bring down the oppressed and the poor,To slaughter those whose way is upright. 15  But their sword will pierce their own heart;+Their bows will be broken. ט [Teth] 16  Better is the little of the righteous oneThan the abundance of many wicked ones.+ 17  For the arms of the wicked will be broken,But Jehovah will support the righteous. י [Yod] 18  Jehovah is aware of what the blameless go through,*And their inheritance will last forever.+ 19  They will not be put to shame in the time of disaster;In the time of famine they will have plenty. כ [Kaph] 20  But the wicked will perish;+The enemies of Jehovah will vanish like glorious pastures;They will vanish like smoke. ל [Lamed] 21  The wicked one borrows and does not repay,But the righteous one is generous* and giving.+ 22  Those blessed by Him will possess the earth,But those cursed by Him will be done away with.+ מ [Mem] 23  Jehovah guides* the steps of a man+When He finds pleasure in his way.+ 24  Although he may fall, he will not be hurled down,+For Jehovah supports him by the hand.*+ נ [Nun] 25  I was once young and now I am old,But I have not seen anyone righteous abandoned,+Nor his children looking for bread.*+ 26  He always lends freely,+And his children are in line for a blessing. ס [Samekh] 27  Turn away from bad and do what is good,+And you will remain forever. 28  For Jehovah loves justice,And he will not abandon his loyal ones.+ ע [Ayin] They will always be guarded;+But the descendants of the wicked will be done away with.+ 29  The righteous will possess the earth,+And they will live forever on it.+ פ [Pe] 30  The mouth of the righteous one imparts wisdom,*And his tongue speaks about justice.+ 31  The law of his God is in his heart;+His steps will not falter.+ צ [Tsade] 32  The wicked watches the righteous,Seeking to put him to death. 33  But Jehovah will not abandon him to the hand of that one+Or find him guilty when he is judged.+ ק [Qoph] 34  Hope in Jehovah and follow his way,And he will exalt you to take possession of the earth. When the wicked are done away with,+ you will see it.+ ר [Resh] 35  I have seen the ruthless, evil manSpreading out like a luxuriant tree in its native soil.+ 36  But he suddenly passed away and was gone;+I kept searching for him, and he could not be found.+ ש [Shin] 37  Take note of the blameless one,*And keep the upright one+ in sight,For the future of that man will be peaceful.+ 38  But all the transgressors will be destroyed;The future of wicked people will be cut off.+ ת [Taw] 39  The salvation of the righteous is from Jehovah;+He is their fortress in the time of distress.+ 40  Jehovah will help them and rescue them.+ He will rescue them from the wicked and save them,Because they take refuge in him.+


Or “show yourself heated up.”
Or “land.”
Or “Find your greatest joy.”
Lit., “Roll your way upon.”
Or “patiently.”
Or possibly, “Do not become upset, for it can only lead to harm.”
Or “string.”
Lit., “the days of the blameless.”
Or “showing favor.”
Or “makes firm.”
Or “with His hand.”
Or “food.”
Or “utters wisdom in an undertone.”
Or “the one who keeps integrity.”

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