Psalm 37 New International Version (NIV)
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
though you look for them, they will not be found.
1 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity.
and gnash their teeth at them;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows their day is coming.
and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose ways are upright.
15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
than the wealth of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,
but the Lord upholds the righteous.
and their inheritance will endure forever.
19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,
they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.
but the righteous give generously;
22 those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
but those he curses will be destroyed.
of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
26 They are always generous and lend freely;
their children will be a blessing.[b]
then you will dwell in the land forever.
28 For the Lord loves the just
and will not forsake his faithful ones.
the offspring of the wicked will perish.
29 The righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it forever.
and their tongues speak what is just.
31 The law of their God is in their hearts;
their feet do not slip.
intent on putting them to death;
33 but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked
or let them be condemned when brought to trial.
and keep his way.
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.
flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,
36 but he soon passed away and was no more;
though I looked for him, he could not be found.
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.