Psalms Chapter 37 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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Dauid perswadeth to patience and confidence in God, by the different estate of the godly and the wicked.
[A Psalme of Dauid.] Fret not thy selfe because of euill doers, neither bee thou enuious against the workers of iniquitie.1
For they shall soone be cut downe like the grasse; and wither as the greene herbe.
Trust in the Lord, and do good, so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verely thou shalt be fed.3
Delight thy selfe also in the Lord; and he shall giue thee the desires of thine heart.
Commit thy way vnto the Lord: trust also in him, and he shall bring it to passe.5
And he shall bring forth thy righteousnes as the light, and thy iudgement as the noone day.
The prosperitie of the wicked.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thy selfe because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked deuices to passe.7
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thy selfe in any wise to doe euill.
For euil doers shall be cut off: but those that waite vpon the Lord, they shall inherite the earth.
For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not bee: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
But the meeke shall inherite the earth: and shall delight themselues in the abundance of peace.11
The wicked plotteth against the iust, and gnasheth vpon him with his teeth.12
The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is comming.13
The wicked haue drawen out the sword, and haue bent their bow to cast downe the poore and needy, and to slay such as be of vpright conuersation.14
Their sword shall enter into their owne heart, and their bowes shall be broken.
A little that a righteous man hath, is better then the riches of many wicked.
For the armes of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord vpholdeth the righteous.
The Lord knoweth the dayes of the vpright: and their inheritance shall be for euer.
They shall not be ashamed in the euill time: and in the dayes of famine they shalbe satisfied.
But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambes: they shall consume: into smoke shall they consume away.20
The wicked borroweth, and payeth not againe: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giueth.
For such as be blessed of him, shall inherite the earth: and they that be cursed of him, shalbe cut off.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.23
Though hee fall, he shall not be vtterly cast downe: for the Lord vpholdeth him with his hand.
The prosperitie of the wicked.
I haue bene yong, and now am old; yet haue I not seene the righteous forsaken, nor his seede begging bread.
He is euer mercifull, and lendeth: and his seede is blessed.26
Depart from euill, and doe good; and dwell for euermore.
For the Lord loueth iudgement, and forsaketh not his Saints, they are preserued for euer: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
The righteous shall inherite the land, and dwell therein for euer.
The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisedome; and his tongue talketh of iudgement.
The Law of his God is in his heart: none of his steps shall slide.31
The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.
The Lord will not leaue him in his hand, nor condemne him when he is iudged.
Wait on the Lord, and keepe his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
I haue seene the wicked in great power: and spreading himselfe like a greene bay tree.35
Yet he passed away, and loe he was not: yea, I sought him, but hee could not be found.
Marke the perfect man, and behold the vpright: for the end of that man is peace.
But the transgressours shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shalbe cut off.
But the saluation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
And the Lord shall helpe them and deliuer them: he shall deliuer them from the wicked, and saue them because they trust in him.
View Wesley's Notes for Psalms Chapter 37
37:1 Fret not - Because they prosper in their wicked enterprizes.
37:5 Commit - All thy cares and business, and necessities, commend to God by fervent prayer.
37:6 Judgment - It shall be as visible to men, as the light of the sun, at noon - day.
37:7 Rest - Do not repine at his dealings, but quietly submit to his will, and wait for his help.
37:8 Fret not - Either against the sinner for his success; or against God. Do evil - If grief arise in thee, take care that it do not transport thee to sin.
37:9 The earth - This for the most part was literally fulfilled in that state of the church.
37:10 Not be - He shall be dead and gone. Diligently - Industriously seeking him. His place - His place and estate, and glory.
37:11 But - Those who patiently bear God's afflicting hand, and meekly pass by injuries. Peace - Partly of outward peace and prosperity, which God in his due time will give them: but principally of inward peace, in the sense of God's favour and the assurance of endless happiness.
37:13 His day - The day appointed by God for his punishment or destruction.
37:18 Knoweth - Observes with care and affection. The days - All things which befal them, their dangers and fears, and suffering. For ever - To them and their seed for ever: and when they die their inheritance is not lost, but exchanged for one infinitely better.
37:20 Fat - Which in an instant melts before the fire.
37:23 Established - So that he shall not fall into mischief.
37:24 Fall - Into trouble.
37:25 Forsaken - These temporal promises, were more express to the Jews in the times of the Old Testament, than to Christians.
37:26 Blessed - Not only with spiritual, but with temporal blessings.
37:27 Dwell - Thou shalt dwell in the land, and afterwards in heaven.
37:30 The mouth - Having shewed, God's singular care over the righteous, he proceeds to give a character of them. Judgment - Of God's judgment, word or law.
37:31 Heart - His thoughts, meditations and affections are fixed upon it. Slide - Slide, or swerve, from the rule, from God's law.
37:35 Bay - tree - Which is continually green and flourishing even in winter.
37:36 Yet - He was gone in an instant. But - There was no monument or remainder of him left.
37:37 Peace - Though he may meet with troubles in his way, yet all shall end well.
37:38 Together - All without exception.
Psalms Chapter 37 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
1 Prou.23. 17. & 24.1.
3 Hebr. in trueth and stablenesse.
5 Heb. rolle thy way vpon the Lord. , Prou.16.3 mat.6.25. 1.Pet.5.7.
7 Hebr. be silent to the LORD.
12 Or, practiseth.
14 Heb. the vpright of way.
20 Hebr. the preciousnes of Lambes.
23 Or, established.
26 Hebr. all the day.
31 Or, going.
35 Or, a greeve tree, that groweth him owne soyle.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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