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Bay Psalm Book: Psalm 37

A Psalm of David.

1 FRet not thy self because of those

that evil workers be,

nor envious be against the men

that work iniquity.

2 For like unto the grass they shall

be cut down, suddenly:

and like unto the tender herb

they withering shall dye.

3 Upon the Lord put thou thy trust,

and be thou doing good,

so shalt thou dwell within the land,

and sure thou shalt have food.

4 See that thou set thy hearts delight

also upon the Lord,

and the desirers of thy heart

to thee he will afford.

5 Trust in the Lord: and he’ll it work,

to him commit thy way.

6 As light thy justice he’ll bring forth,

thy judgment as noon day.

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.


10 For yet a little while, and then

the wicked shall not be:

yea, thou shalt diligently mark

his place, and it not see.

11 But meek ones the 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 coming 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 mans little, better is

then 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 Neither shall they ashamed be

in any time of ill:

and when the days of famine come,

they then shall have their fill.

20 But wicked, and foes of the Lord

as lambs fat shall decay:

they shall consume: yea into smoke

they shall consume away.


21 The man ungodly borroweth,

but he doth not repay:

but he that righteous is doth shew

mercy, and 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 foot-steps of a godly man

they are by Jehovah

established: and also he

delighteth in his way.

24 Although he fall, yet shall he not

be utterly down cast:

because Jehovah with his hand

doth under prop him fast.

25 I 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.

26 But every 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 sinners seed shall be.

29 The just inherit shall the land,

and therein ever dwell.

30 The just man’s mouth wisdom doth speak;

his tongue doth judgment tell.

31 The law of his God is in’s heart;

none of his steps slideth.

32 The wicked watcheth for the just,

and him to slay seeketh.

33 Jehovah will not such a one

relinquish in his hand,

neither will he condemn him when

adjudged he doth stand.


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 men I have beheld

in mighty pow’r to be,

also himself spreading abroad

like to 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 the upright attend:

because that unto such a man

peace is his latter end.

38 But such men that transgressors are

together perish shall:

the latter end shall be cut off

of the 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.