1 Do not fretII because of the wicked;III
do not be enviousIV of wrongdoers,V
2 for they will soonVI fadeVII like the grass,VIII
and witherIX like the greenX herb.XI
3 TrustXII in the Lord,XIII and do good;XIV
so you will liveXV in the land,XVI and enjoyXVII security.XVIII
4 Take delightXIX in the Lord,
and he will give you the desiresXX of your heart.XXI
5 CommitXXII your wayXXIII to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
6 He will make your vindicationXXIV shineXXV like the light,XXVI
and the justiceXXVII of your cause like the noonday.XXVIII
7 Be stillXXIX before the Lord, and wait patientlyXXX for him;
do not fret over those who prosperXXXI in their way,
over thoseXXXII who carry out evil devices.XXXIII
8 RefrainXXXIV from anger,XXXV and forsakeXXXVI wrath.XXXVII
Do not fret—it leads only to evil.XXXVIII
9 For the wicked shall be cut off,XXXIX
but those who wait forXL the Lord shall inheritXLI the land.
10 Yet a little while, and the wickedXLII will be no more;
though you look diligentlyXLIII for their place,XLIV they will not be there.
11 But the meekXLV shall inherit the land,
and delight themselves in abundantXLVI prosperity.XLVII
12 The wicked plotXLVIII against the righteous,XLIX
and gnashL their teethLI at them;
13 but the LordLII laughsLIII at the wicked,
for he seesLIV that their day is coming.
14 The wicked drawLV the swordLVI and bendLVII their bowsLVIII
to bring down the poorLIX and needy,LX
to killLXI those who walkLXII uprightly;LXIII
15 their sword shall enter their own heart,
and their bows shall be broken.LXIV
16 BetterLXV is a little that the righteous person has
than the abundanceLXVI of manyLXVII wicked.
17 For the armsLXVIII of the wicked shall be broken,
but the Lord upholdsLXIX the righteous.
18 The Lord knowsLXX the days of the blameless,LXXI
and their heritageLXXII will abide forever;LXXIII
19 they are not put to shameLXXIV in evilLXXV times,LXXVI
in the days of famineLXXVII they have abundance.LXXVIII
20 But the wicked perish,LXXIX
and the enemiesLXXX of the Lord are like the gloryLXXXI of the pastures;LXXXII
they vanishLXXXIII—like smokeLXXXIV they vanish away.
21 The wicked borrow,LXXXV and do not pay back,LXXXVI
but the righteous are generousLXXXVII and keep giving;
22 for those blessedLXXXVIII by the Lord shall inherit the land,
but those cursedLXXXIX by him shall be cut off.
23 OurXC stepsXCI are made firmXCII by the Lord,
when he delightsXCIII in our way;
24 though we stumble,XCIV we shall not fall headlong,XCV
for the Lord holdsXCVI us by the hand.XCVII
25 I have been young,XCVIII and now am old,XCIX
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or their childrenC beggingCI bread.CII
26 They are everCIII giving liberallyCIV and lending,CV
and their children become a blessing.CVI
27 DepartCVII from evil, and do good;
so you shall abideCVIII forever.
28 For the Lord loves justice;
he will not forsake his faithful ones.CIX
The righteous shall be kept safeCX forever,
but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land,
and live in it forever.
30 The mouthsCXI of the righteous utterCXII wisdom,CXIII
and their tonguesCXIV speakCXV justice.
31 The lawCXVI of their GodCXVII is in their hearts;
their stepsCXVIII do not slip.CXIX
32 The wicked watchCXX for the righteous,
and seekCXXI to kill them.
33 The Lord will not abandonCXXII them to their power,CXXIII
or let them be condemnedCXXIV when they are brought to trial.CXXV
34 Wait for the Lord, and keepCXXVI to his way,
and he will exaltCXXVII you to inherit the land;
you will look on the destructionCXXVIII of the wicked.
35 I have seen the wicked oppressing,CXXIX
and toweringCXXX like a cedarCXXXI of Lebanon.CXXXII
36 Again I passed by,CXXXIII, CXXXIV and they were no more;
though I soughtCXXXV them, they could not be found.CXXXVI
37 MarkCXXXVII the blameless,CXXXVIII and behold the upright,
for there is posterityCXXXIX for the peaceable.CXL
38 But transgressorsCXLI shall be altogetherCXLII destroyed;CXLIII
the posterity of the wicked shall be cut off.
39 The salvationCXLIV of the righteous is from the Lord;
he is their refugeCXLV in the time of trouble.CXLVI
40 The Lord helpsCXLVII them and rescuesCXLVIII them;
he rescues them from the wicked, and savesCXLIX them,
because they take refugeCL in him.
Image credit: Ceiling of the National Cathedral of Brazil in Brasilia.