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Security of Those Who Trust in the LORD, and Insecurity of the Wicked.

A Psalm of David.

1 Do R1068 not fret because of evildoers,

Be not envious R1069 toward wrongdoers.

2 For they will wither R1070 quickly like the grass

And fade R1071 like the green herb.

3 Trust R1072 in the LORD and do good;

Dwell R1073 in the land and cultivate R1074 F316 faithfulness.

4 Delight R1075 yourself in the LORD;

And He will give R1076 you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit R1077 your way to the LORD,

Trust also in Him, and He will do it.

6 He will bring forth your R1078 righteousness as the light

And your judgment as R1079 the noonday.

7 Rest F317 in the LORD and wait R1080 patiently F318 for Him;

Do R1081 not fret because of him who prospers R1082 in his way,

Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.

8 Cease from anger and forsake R1083 wrath;

Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.

9 For evildoers R1084 will be cut off,

But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit R1085 the land.

10 Yet a R1086 little while and the wicked man will be no more;

And you will look carefully for his R1087 place and he will not be there.

11 But the R1088 humble will inherit the land

And will delight themselves in abundant R1089 prosperity.

12 The wicked plots R1090 against the righteous

And gnashes R1091 at him with his teeth.

13 The Lord laughs R1092 at him,

For He sees his R1093 day is coming.

14 The wicked have drawn the sword and bent R1094 their bow

To cast down the afflicted R1095 and the needy,

To slay R1096 those who are upright in conduct.

15 Their sword will enter their own heart,

And their bows R1097 will be broken.

16 Better R1098 is the little of the righteous

Than the abundance of many wicked.

17 For the arms R1099 of the wicked will be broken,

But the LORD sustains R1100 the righteous.

18 The LORD knows R1101 the days of the blameless, F319

And their inheritance R1102 will be forever.

19 They will not be ashamed in the time of evil,

And in R1103 the days of famine they will have abundance.

20 But the wicked R1104 will perish;

And the enemies of the LORD will be like the glory F320 of the pastures,

They vanish--like R1105 smoke they vanish away.

21 The wicked borrows and does not pay back,

But the righteous is R1106 gracious and gives.

22 For those R1107 blessed by Him will inherit R1108 the land,

But those cursed R1109 by Him will be cut off.

23 The R1110 steps of a man are established by the LORD,

And He delights R1111 in his way.

24 When he R1112 falls, he will not be hurled headlong,

Because the R1113 LORD is the One who F321 holds his hand.

25 I have been young and now I am old,

Yet I R1114 have not seen the righteous forsaken

Or his R1115 descendants F322 begging bread.

26 All day long he R1116 is gracious and lends,

And his R1117 descendants F323 are a blessing.

27 Depart R1118 from evil and do good,

So F324 you will abide forever. R1119

28 For the LORD loves R1120 justice F325

And does R1121 not forsake His godly ones;

They are preserved R1122 forever,

But the descendants R1123 F326 of the wicked will be cut off.

29 The righteous will inherit R1124 the land

And dwell R1125 in it forever.

30 The mouth of the righteous utters R1126 wisdom,

And his tongue speaks R1127 justice.

31 The law R1128 of his God is in his heart;

His steps R1129 do not slip.

32 The wicked R1130 spies upon the righteous

And seeks R1131 to kill him.

33 The LORD will not R1132 leave him in his hand

Or let R1133 him be condemned when he is judged.

34 Wait R1134 for the LORD and keep His way,

And He will exalt you to inherit the land;

When the wicked R1135 are cut off, you will see it.

35 I have seen R1136 a wicked, violent man

Spreading himself like a luxuriant R1137 tree F327 in its native soil.

36 Then he F328 passed away, and lo, he was R1138 no more;

I sought for him, but he could not be found.

37 Mark the blameless R1139 F329 man, and behold the upright; R1140

For the man of peace will have a posterity. R1141 F330

38 But transgressors will be altogether destroyed; R1142

The posterity F331 of the wicked will be cut R1143 off.

39 But the salvation R1144 of the righteous is from the LORD;

He is their strength in R1145 time of trouble.

40 The R1146 LORD helps them and delivers them;

He delivers R1147 them from the wicked and saves them,

Because they take R1148 refuge in Him.

F316: Or close up the path against those
F317: Or soul
F318: Pit has been transposed from line above
F319: Or dressed in black
F320: Or limping
F321: Or smitten ones
F322: Lit tore
F323: Or wink the eye
F324: Another reading is my heart
F325: Or he flatters himself
F326: Or understand to do good
F327: Lit is in
F328: Or mighty mountains
F329: Lit fatness
F330: Or feed securely or feed on His faithfulness
F331: Or Be still

R1068: Proverbs 23:17; 24:19
R1069: Psalms 73:3; Proverbs 3:31
R1070: Job 1:14:2; Psalms 90:6; 92:7; James 1:11
R1071: Psalms 129:6
R1072: Psalms 62:8
R1073: Deuteronomy 30:20
R1074: Isaiah 40:11; Ezekiel 34:13,14
R1075: Job 1:22:26; Psalms 94:19; Isaiah 58:14
R1076: Psalms 21:2; 145:19; Matthew 7:7,8
R1077: Psalms 55:22; Proverbs 16:3; 1 Peter 5:7
R1078: Psalms 97:11; Isaiah 58:8,10; Micah 7:9
R1079: Job 1:11:17
R1080: Psalms 40:1; 62:5; Lamentations 3:26
R1081: Psalms 37:1,8
R1082: Jeremiah 12:1
R1083: Ephesians 4:31; Colossians 3:8
R1084: Psalms 37:2,22
R1085: Psalms 25:13; Proverbs 2:21; Isaiah 57:13; 60:21; Matthew 5:5
R1086: Job 1:24:24
R1087: Job 1:7:10; Psalms 37:35,36
R1088: Matthew 5:5
R1089: Psalms 72:7
R1090: Psalms 31:13,20
R1091: Psalms 35:16
R1092: Psalms 2:4
R1093: 1 Samuel 26:10; Job 1:18:20
R1094: Psalms 11:2; Lamentations 2:4
R1095: Psalms 35:10; 86:1
R1096: Psalms 11:2
R1097: 1 Samuel 2:4; Psalms 46:9
R1098: Proverbs 15:16; 16:8
R1099: Job 1:38:15; Psalms 10:15; Ezekiel 30:21
R1100: Psalms 71:6; 145:14
R1101: Psalms 1:6; 31:7
R1102: Psalms 37:27,29
R1103: Job 1:5:20; Psalms 33:19
R1104: Psalms 73:27
R1105: Psalms 68:2; 102:3
R1106: Psalms 112:5,9
R1107: Proverbs 3:33
R1108: Psalms 37:9
R1109: Job 1:5:3
R1110: 1 Samuel 2:9; Psalms 40:2; 66:9; 119:5
R1111: Psalms 147:11
R1112: Psalms 145:14; Proverbs 24:16; Micah 7:8
R1113: Psalms 147:6
R1114: Psalms 37:28; Isaiah 41:17; Hebrews 13:5
R1115: Psalms 109:10
R1116: Deuteronomy 15:8; Psalms 37:21
R1117: Psalms 147:13
R1118: Psalms 34:14
R1119: Psalms 37:18; 102:28
R1120: Psalms 11:7; 33:5
R1121: Psalms 37:25
R1122: Psalms 31:23
R1123: Psalms 21:10; 37:9; Proverbs 2:22; Isaiah 14:20
R1124: Psalms 37:9; Proverbs 2:21
R1125: Psalms 37:18
R1126: Psalms 49:3; Proverbs 10:13
R1127: Psalms 101:1; 119:13
R1128: Deuteronomy 6:6; Psalms 40:8; 119:11; Isaiah 51:7; Jeremiah 31:33
R1129: Psalms 26:1; 37:23
R1130: Psalms 10:8; 17:11
R1131: Psalms 37:14
R1132: Psalms 31:8; 2 Peter 2:9
R1133: Psalms 34:22; 109:31
R1134: Psalms 27:14; 37:9
R1135: Psalms 52:5,6; 91:8
R1136: Job 1:5:3; Jeremiah 12:2
R1137: Job 1:8:16
R1138: Job 1:20:5; Psalms 37:10
R1139: Psalms 37:18
R1140: Psalms 7:10
R1141: Isaiah 57:1,2
R1142: Psalms 1:4-6; 37:20,28
R1143: Psalms 37:9; 73:17
R1144: Psalms 3:8; 62:1
R1145: Psalms 9:9; 37:19
R1146: Psalms 54:4
R1147: Psalms 22:4; Isaiah 31:5; Daniel 3:17; 6:23
R1148: 1 Chronicles 5:20; Psalms 34:22


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