A Psalm of David.
^1For evil-doers fret thou not
Nor do thou envy bear to those
that work iniquity.
^2For, even like unto the grass,
soon be cut down shall they;
And, like the green and tender herb,
they wither shall away.
^3Set thou thy trust upon the Lord,
and be thou doing good;
And so thou in the land shalt dwell,
and verily have food.
^4Delight thyself in God; he'll give
thine heart's desire to thee.
^5Thy way to God commit, him trust,
it bring to pass shall he.
^6And, like unto the light, he shall
thy righteousness display;
And he thy judgment shall bring forth
like noon-tide of the day.
^7Rest in the Lord, and patiently
wait for him: do not fret
For him who, prosp'ring in his way,
success in sin doth get.
^8Do thou from anger cease, and wrath
see thou forsake also:
Fret not thyself in any wise,
that evil thou should'st do.
^9For those that evil doers are
shall be cut off and fall:
But those that wait upon the Lord
the earth inherit shall.
^10For yet a little while, and then
the wicked shall not be;
His place thou shalt consider well,
but it thou shalt not see.
^11But by inheritance the earth
the meek ones shall possess:
They also shall delight themselves
in an abundant peace.
^12The wicked plots against the just,
and at him whets his teeth:
^13The Lord shall laugh at him, because
his day he coming seeth.
^14The wicked have drawn out the sword,
and bent their bow, to slay
The poor and needy, and to kill
men of an upright way.
^15But their own sword, which they have drawn,
shall enter their own heart:
Their bows which they have bent shall break,
and into pieces part.
^16A little that a just man hath
is more and better far
Than is the wealth of many such
as lewd and wicked are.
^17For sinners' arms shall broken be;
but God the just sustains.
^18God knows the just man's days, and still
their heritage remains.
^19They shall not be asham'd when they
the evil time do see;
And when the days of famine are,
they satisfy'd shall be.
^20But wicked men, and foes of God,
as fat of lambs, decay;
They shall consume, yea, into smoke
they shall consume away.
^21The wicked borrows, but the same
again he doth not pay;
Whereas the righteous mercy shews,
and gives his own away.
^22For such as blessed be of him
the earth inherit shall;
And they that cursed are of him
shall be destroyed all.
^23A good man's footsteps by the Lord
are ordered aright;
And in the way wherein he walks
he greatly doth delight.
^24Although he fall, yet shall he not
be cast down utterly;
Because the Lord with his own hand
upholds him mightily.
^25I have been young, and now am old,
yet have I never seen
The just man left, nor that his seed
for bread have beggars been.
^26He's ever merciful, and lends:
his seed is bless'd therefore.
^27Depart from evil, and do good,
and dwell for evermore.
^28For God loves judgment, and his saints
leaves not in any case;
They are kept ever: but cut off
shall be the sinner's race.
^29The just inherit shall the land,
and ever in it dwell:
^30The just man's mouth doth wisdom speak;
his tongue doth judgment tell.
^31In's heart the law is of his God,
his steps slide not away.
^32The wicked man doth watch the just,
and seeketh him to slay.
^33Yet him the Lord will not forsake,
nor leave him in his hands:
The righteous will he not condemn,
when he in judgment stands.
^34Wait on the Lord, and keep his way,
and thee exalt shall he
Th' earth to inherit; when cut off
the wicked thou shalt see.
^35I saw the wicked great in pow'r,
spread like a green bay-tree:
^36He pass'd, yea, was not; him I sought,
but found he could not be.
^37Mark thou the perfect, and behold
the man of uprightness;
Because that surely of this man
the latter end is peace.
^38But those men that transgressors are
shall be destroy'd together;
The latter end of wicked men
shall be cut off for ever.
^39But the salvation of the just
is from the Lord above;
He in the time of their distress
their stay and strength doth prove.
^40The Lord shall help, and them deliver:
he shall them free and save
From wicked men; because in him
their confidence they have.