David persuadeth to patience and confidence in God, by the different estate of the godly and the wicked.
Psalms 37:1 Be not emulous of evildoers; nor envy them that work iniquity. Psalms 37:2 For they shall shortly wither away as grass, and as the green herbs shall quickly fall. Psalms 37:3 Trust in the Lord, and do good, and dwell in the land, and thou shalt be fed with its riches. Psalms 37:4 Delight in the Lord, and he will give thee the requests of thy heart. Psalms 37:5 Commit thy way to the Lord, and trust in him, and he will do it. Psalms 37:6 And he will bring forth thy justice as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Psalms 37:7 Be subject to the Lord and pray to him. Envy not the man who prospereth in his way; the man who doth unjust things. Psalms 37:8 Cease from anger, and leave rage; have no emulation to do evil. Psalms 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but they that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the land. Psalms 37:10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: and thou shalt seek his place, and shalt not find it. Psalms 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the land, and shall delight in abundance of peace. Psalms 37:12 The sinner shall watch the just man: and shall gnash upon him with his teeth. Psalms 37:13 But the Lord shall laugh at him: for he foreseeth that his day shall come. Psalms 37:14 The wicked have drawn out the sword: they have bent their bow. To cast down the poor and needy, to kill the upright of heart. Psalms 37:15 Let their sword enter into their own hearts, and let their bow be broken. Psalms 37:16 Better is a little to the just, than the great riches of the wicked. Psalms 37:17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken in pieces; but the Lord strengtheneth the just. Psalms 37:18 The Lord knoweth the days of the undefiled; and their inheritance shall be for ever. Psalms 37:19 They shall not be confounded in the evil time; and in the days of famine they shall be filled: Psalms 37:20 Because the wicked shall perish. And the enemies of the Lord, presently after they shall be honoured and exalted, shall come to nothing and vanish like smoke. Psalms 37:21 The sinner shall borrow, and not pay again; but the just sheweth mercy and shall give. Psalms 37:22 For such as bless him shall inherit the land: but such as curse him shall perish. Psalms 37:23 With the Lord shall the steps of a man be directed, and he shall like well his way. Psalms 37:24 When he shall fall he shall not be bruised, for the Lord putteth his hand under him. Psalms 37:25 I have been young and now am old; and I have not seen the just forsaken, nor his seed seeking bread. Psalms 37:26 He sheweth mercy, and lendeth all the day long; and his seed shall be in blessing. Psalms 37:27 Decline from evil and do good, and dwell for ever and ever. Psalms 37:28 For the Lord loveth judgment, and will not forsake his saints: they shall be preserved for ever. The unjust shall be punished, and the seed of the wicked shall perish. Psalms 37:29 But the just shall inherit the land, and shall dwell therein for evermore. Psalms 37:30 The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom: and his tongue shall speak judgment. Psalms 37:31 The law of his God is in his heart, and his steps shall not be supplanted. Psalms 37:32 The wicked watcheth the just man, and seeketh to put him to death, Psalms 37:33 But the Lord will not leave him in his hands; nor condemn him when he shall be judged. Psalms 37:34 Expect the Lord and keep his way: and he will exalt thee to inherit the land: when the sinners shall perish thou shalt see. Psalms 37:35 I have seen the wicked highly exalted, and lifted up like the cedars of Libanus. Psalms 37:36 And I passed by, and lo, he was not: and I sought him and his place was not found. Psalms 37:37 Keep innocence, and behold justice: for there are remnants for the peaceable man. Psalms 37:38 But the unjust shall be destroyed together: the remnants of the wicked shall perish. Psalms 37:39 But the salvation of the just is from the Lord, and he is their protector in the time of trouble. Psalms 37:40 And the Lord will help them and deliver them: and he will rescue them from the wicked, and save them because they have hoped in him.