Psalms 37 to 38 : American Standard Version
Psalm 37A Psalm of David.
1Fret 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 Jehovah, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on his faithfulness. 4Delight thyself also in Jehovah; And he will give thee the desires of thy heart. 5Commit thy way unto Jehovah; Trust also in him, and he will bring it to pass. 6And he will make thy righteousness to go forth as the light, And thy justice as the noon-day. 7Rest in Jehovah, 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 for Jehovah, 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 will 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 are 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 Jehovah upholdeth the righteous. 18Jehovah knoweth the days of the perfect; And their inheritance shall be for ever. 19They shall not be put to shame in the time of evil; And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. 20But the wicked shall perish, And the enemies of Jehovah shall be as the fat of lambs: 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 are blessed of him shall inherit the land; And they that are cursed of him shall be cut off.
23A man's goings are established of Jehovah; And he delighteth in his way. 24Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For Jehovah 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 bread. 26All the day long he dealeth graciously, and lendeth; And his seed is blessed. 27Depart from evil, and do good; And dwell for evermore. 28For Jehovah loveth justice, 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 justice. 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. 33Jehovah will not leave him in his hand, Nor condemn him when he is judged. 34Wait for Jehovah, and keep his way, And he will 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 there is a happy end to the man of peace. 38As for transgressors, they shall be destroyed together; The end of the wicked shall be cut off. 39But the salvation of the righteous is of Jehovah; He is their stronghold in the time of trouble. 40And Jehovah helpeth them, and rescueth them; He rescueth them from the wicked, and saveth them, Because they have taken refuge in him.
Psalm 38 A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance.
1O Jehovah, rebuke me not in thy wrath; Neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. 2For thine arrows stick fast in me, And thy hand presseth me sore. 3There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine indignation; Neither is there any health in my bones because of my sin. 4For mine iniquities are gone over my head: As a heavy burden they are too heavy for me. 5My wounds are loathsome and corrupt, Because of my foolishness. 6I am pained and bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. 7For my loins are filled with burning; And there is no soundness in my flesh. 8I am faint and sore bruised: I have groaned by reason of the disquietness of my heart. 9Lord, all my desire is before thee; And my groaning is not hid from thee. 10My heart throbbeth, my strength faileth me: As for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me. 11My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my plague; And my kinsmen stand afar off. 12They also that seek after my life lay snares for me; And they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, And meditate deceits all the day long. 13But I, as a deaf man, hear not; And I am as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth. 14Yea, I am as a man that heareth not, And in whose mouth are no reproofs. 15For in thee, O Jehovah, do I hope: Thou wilt answer, O Lord my God. 16For I said, Lest they rejoice over me: When my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me. 17For I am ready to fall, And my sorrow is continually before me. 18For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin. 19But mine enemies are lively, and are strong; And they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied. 20They also that render evil for good Are adversaries unto me, because I follow the thing that is good. 21Forsake me not, O Jehovah: O my God, be not far from me. 22Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation.