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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book I
Security of Those Who Trust in Jehovah, and Insecurity of the Wicked
A Psalm of David.
[1]  FRET not thyself because of evil-doers,
Neither be thou envious against them that work unrighteousness.
[2]  For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.
[3]  Trust in Jehovah, and do good;
Dwell 1 in the land, and feed 2 on his faithfulness.
[4]  Delight 3 thyself also in Jehovah;
And he will give thee the desires 4 of thy heart.
[5]  Commit 5 thy way unto Jehovah;
Trust also in him, and he will bring it to pass.
[6]  And he will make thy righteousness to go forth as the light,
And thy justice as the noonday.
[7]  Rest 6 in Jehovah, and wait patiently for him:
Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way,
Because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
[8]  Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:
Fret not thyself, it tendeth only to evil-doing.
[9]  For evil-doers shall be cut off;
But those that wait for Jehovah, they shall inherit the 7 land.
[10]  For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be:
Yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and he 8 shall not be.
[11]  But the meek shall inherit the land,
And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
[12]  The wicked plotteth against the just,
And gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
[13]  The Lord will laugh at him;
For he seeth that his day is coming.
[14]  The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow,
To cast down the poor and needy,
To slay such as are upright in the way.
[15]  Their sword shall enter into their own heart,
And their bows shall be broken.
[16]  Better is a little that the righteous hath
Than the abundance of many wicked.
[17]  For the arms of the wicked shall be broken;
But Jehovah upholdeth the righteous.
[18]  Jehovah knoweth the days of the perfect;
And their inheritance shall be for ever.
[19]  They shall not be put to shame in the time of evil;
And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
[20]  But the wicked shall perish,
And the enemies of Jehovah shall be as the 9 fat of lambs:
They shall consume; in 10 smoke shall they consume away.
[21]  The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again;
But the righteous dealeth graciously, and giveth.
[22]  For such as are blessed of him shall inherit the land;
And they that are cursed of him shall be cut off.
[23]  A man’s goings are established of Jehovah;
And he delighteth in his way
[24]  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For Jehovah upholdeth 11 him with his hand.
[25]  I have been young, and now am old;
Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his seed begging bread.
[26]  All the day long he dealeth graciously, and lendeth;
And his seed is blessed.
[27]  Depart from evil, and do good;
And dwell for evermore.
[28]  For Jehovah loveth justice,
And forsaketh not his saints;
They are preserved for ever:
But the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
[29]  The righteous shall inherit the land,
And dwell therein for ever.
[30]  The mouth of the righteous talketh of wisdom,
And his tongue speaketh justice.
[31]  The law of his God is in his heart;
None of his steps shall slide.
[32]  The wicked watcheth the righteous,
And seeketh to slay him.
[33]  Jehovah will not leave him in his hand,
Nor condemn him when he is judged.
[34]  Wait for Jehovah, and keep his way,
And he will exalt thee to inherit the land:
When the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
[35]  I have seen the wicked in great power,
And spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil.
[36]  But 12 one passed by, and, lo, he was not:
Yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
[37]  Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright;
For there is a happy end to the man of peace.
[38]  As for transgressors, they shall be destroyed together:
The end of the wicked shall be cut off.
[39]  But the salvation of the righteous is of Jehovah:
He is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
[40]  And Jehovah helpeth them, and rescueth them:
He rescueth them from the wicked, and saveth them,
Because they have taken refuge in him.
Note 1. Or, So shalt thou dwell in the land and feed securely. [back]
Note 2. Or, verily thou shalt be fed. [back]
Note 3. Or, So shalt thou have thy delight in &c. [back]
Note 4. Heb. petitions. [back]
Note 5. Heb. Roll thy way upon Jehovah. [back]
Note 6. Or, Be still before (Heb. silent to) Jehovah. [back]
Note 7. Or, the earth (and so in ver. 11, 22, 29, 34). [back]
Note 8. Or, it. [back]
Note 9. Or, the excellency of the pastures. [back]
Note 10. Or, like smoke. [back]
Note 11. Or, upholdeth his hand. [back]
Note 12. Or, Yet he passed away. [back]


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