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Geneva Bible (1599): Psalm 37

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1 A Psalme of David. Fret not thy selfe because of the wicked men, neither be enuious for the euill doers.

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2 For they shall soone bee cut downe like grasse, and shall wither as the greene herbe.

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3 Trust thou in the Lord and do good: dwell in the land, and thou shalt be fed assuredly.

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4 And delite thy selfe in the Lord, and hee shall giue thee thine hearts desire.

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5 Commit thy way vnto the Lord, and trust in him, and he shall bring it to passe.

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6 And he shall bring foorth thy righteousnes as the light, and thy iudgement as the noone day.

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7 Waite patiently vpon the Lord and hope in him: fret not thy selfe for him which prospereth in his way: nor for the man that bringeth his enterprises to passe.

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8 Cease from anger, and leaue off wrath: fret not thy selfe also to doe euill.

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9 For euill doers shalbe cut off, and they that wait vpon the Lord, they shall inherite the land.

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10 Therefore yet a litle while, and the wicked shall not appeare, and thou shalt looke after his place, and he shall not be found.

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11 But meeke men shall possesse the earth, and shall haue their delite in the multitude of peace.

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12 The wicked practiseth against the iust, and gnasheth his teeth against him.

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13 But the Lord shall laugh him to scorne: for he seeth, that his day is comming.

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14 The wicked haue drawen their sworde, and haue bent their bowe, to cast downe the poore and needie, and to slay such as be of vpright conuersation.

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15 But their sword shall enter into their owne heart, and their bowes shalbe broken.

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16 A small thing vnto the iust man is better, then great riches to the wicked and mightie.

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17 For the armes of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord vpholdeth the iust men.

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18 The Lord knoweth the dayes of vpright men, and their inheritance shall bee perpetuall.

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19 They shall not be confounded in the perilous time, and in the daies of famine they shall haue ynough.

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20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be consumed as the fatte of lambes: euen with the smoke shall they consume away.

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21 The wicked boroweth and payeth not againe. but the righteous is mercifull, and giueth.

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22 For such as be blessed of God, shall inherite the lande, and they that be cursed of him, shalbe cut off.

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23 The pathes of man are directed by the Lord: for he loueth his way.

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24 Though he fall, hee shall not be cast off: for the Lord putteth vnder his hand.

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25 I haue beene yong, and am olde: yet I sawe neuer the righteous forsaken, nor his seede begging bread.

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26 But hee is euer mercifull and lendeth, and his seede enioyeth the blessing.

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27 Flee from euill and doe good, and dwell for euer.

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28 For the Lord loueth iudgement, and forsaketh not his Saintes: they shall be preserued for euermore: but the seede of the wicked shall be cut off.

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29 The righteous men shall inherit the lande, and dwell therein for euer.

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30 The mouth of the righteous will speake of wisedome, and his tongue will talke of iudgement.

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31 For the Lawe of his God is in his heart, and his steppes shall not slide.

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32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

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33 But the Lord wil not leaue him in his hand, nor condemne him, when he is iudged.

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34 Waite thou on the Lord, and keepe his way, and he shall exalt thee, that thou shalt inherite the lande: when the wicked men shall perish, thou shalt see.

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35 I haue seene the wicked strong, and spreading himselfe like a greene bay tree.

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36 Yet he passed away, and loe, he was gone, and I sought him, but he could not be founde.

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37 Marke the vpright man, and beholde the iust: for the end of that man is peace.

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38 But the transgressours shall be destroyed together, and the ende of the wicked shall bee cut off.

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39 But the saluation of the righteous men shalbe of the Lord: he shalbe their strength in the time of trouble.

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40 For the Lord shall helpe them, and deliuer them: he shall deliuer them from the wicked, and shall saue them, because they trust in him.

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