PXXXVII. A Psalm of David

1 Fret not thy self because of them
That evil workers be;
Nor envious be against the men
That work iniquity.
2 For even like unto the grass,
Cut quickly down are they;
And like unto the tender herb,
They wither shall away.

3 Upon Jehovah put thy trust,
And be thou doing good:
So shalt thou dwell within the land,
And faith shall be thy food.
4 See that thou set thy hearts' delight
Also upon the Lord:
And then the wishes of thine heart
To thee he will afford.

5 Rowl on the Lord thy way; trust him,
And he'll it bring to pass.
6 As light thy justice he'll bring forth,
Thy judgment at noon days.
7 Rest in Jehovah, and for him
With patience do thou stay;
Fret not thy self because of him
Who prospers in his way;
Nor at the man who brings to pass
The crafts he doth devise.
8 Cease ire and wrath, leave to do ill,
Thy self fret in no wise.
9 For evil doers shall be made
By cutting down to fall;
But those that wait upon the Lord,
The land inherit shall.

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10 For yet a little while and then,
The wicked shall not be:
Yea thou shall diligently mark
His place and it not see.
11 But humble men th'inheritance
Shall of the earth possess;
Also they shall themselves delight
In multitude of peace.

12 The wicked plots against the just
Gnashing at him his teeth.
13 The Lord shall laugh at him because
His Day at hand he seeth.
14 The wicked have drawn out their sword,
And bent their bow have they
To cast the poor and needy down,
To kill th' upright in way.

15 Their sword shall enter their own heart,
Their bows shall broken be.
16 The just man's little better is,
Than wicked's treasury.
17 For th' arms of wicked shall be broke,
The Lord the just doth stay.
18 The Lord doth know upright men's days
And their lot is for aye.
19 They never shall ashamed be
In any time of ill;
And when the days of famine come,
Then shall they have their fill.
20 But wicked men, Jehovah's foes,
As lambs fat shall decay:
They shall consume, yea into smoke
They shall consume away.

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21 The man ungodly borrow doth,
And never doth repay;
Whereas the just man mercy shows,
And freely gives away.
22 For such as of him blessed be,
The earth inherit shall:
And they that of him cursed are
By cutting down shall fall.
23 The footsteps of a godly man
Are ordered aright,
Ev'n by the Lord, and also he
Doth in his way delight.
24 Although he fall, yet shall he not
Be utterly down cast,
Because Jehovah with his hand
Doth yet uphold him fast.

25 I have been young, and now am old,
Yet have I never seen
The just man left, so that his seed
For bread have beggars been.
26 But ev'ry day he's merciful,
And lends: his seed is blest.
27 Depart from evil, and do good,
And ever dwell at rest.
28 Because the Lord doth judgment love,
His saints forsakes not he:
Kept ever are they; but cut off
The sinner's seed shall be
29 The just inherit shall the land,
And therein ever dwell.
30 The just man's mouth doth wisdom speak
His tongue doth judgment tell.

31 The law of his God is in's heart,
None of his steps shall stray.
32 The wicked watcheth for the just,
And seeketh him to slay.
33 Jehovah will not such an one
Leave up into his hand:
Nor any such will he condemn
When judge he doth stand.

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34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way,
And he shall thee exalt,
Th' earth to inherit, when cut off
The wicked see thou shalt.
35 The wicked man I have beheld
In might power to be;
And spreading so himself abroad
Like as a green bay-tree.

36 Nevertheless he past away,
And lo then was not he;
Moreover, I did seek for him,
But found he could not be.
37 Take notice of the perfect man,
And th' upright one attend?
Because that unto such a man
Peace is the latter end.
36 But such men as transgressors be
Together perish shall:
The latter end shall be cut off
Of Men ungodly all.
39 But the salvation of the just
Doth of Jehovah come:
He is their strength to them in times
That are most troublesome.
40 Yea help and free them will the Lord;
He shall deliver them
From wicked men, because that they
Do put their trust in him.

Text Information
First Line: Fret not thy self because of them
Title: A Psalm of David
Publication Date: 1742
Scripture: Psalm 37
Language: English
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