Salmos 37

1 Do not fret because of those who are evil ¶ or be envious of those who do wrong;

2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.

3 Trust in the LORD and do good; ¶ dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the LORD; ¶ trust in him and he will do this:

6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.

7 Be still before the LORD ¶ and wait patiently for him; ¶ do not fret when people succeed in their ways, ¶ when they carry out their wicked schemes.

8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; ¶ do not fret —it leads only to evil.

9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more; ¶ though you look for them, they will not be found.

11 But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.

12 The wicked plot against the righteous ¶ and gnash their teeth at them;

13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.

14 The wicked draw the sword ¶ and bend the bow ¶ to bring down the poor and needy, ¶ to slay those whose ways are upright.

15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken.

16 Better the little that the righteous have ¶ than the wealth of many wicked;

17 for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.

18 The blameless spend their days under the LORD's care, ¶ and their inheritance will endure forever.

19 In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

20 But the wicked will perish: ¶ Though the LORD's enemies are like the flowers of the field, ¶ they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.

21 The wicked borrow and do not repay, ¶ but the righteous give generously;

22 those the LORD blesses will inherit the land, but those he curses will be destroyed.

23 The LORD makes firm the steps ¶ of the one who delights in him;

24 though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.

25 I was young and now I am old, ¶ yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken ¶ or their children begging bread.

26 They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing. [^1]

27 Turn from evil and do good; ¶ then you will dwell in the land forever.

28 For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. ¶ Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed [^2] ; ¶ the offspring of the wicked will perish.

29 The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.

30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, ¶ and their tongues speak what is just.

31 The law of their God is in their hearts; their feet do not slip.

32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, ¶ intent on putting them to death;

33 but the LORD will not leave them in the power of the wicked or let them be condemned when brought to trial.

34 Hope in the LORD ¶ and keep his way. ¶ He will exalt you to inherit the land; ¶ when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.

35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man ¶ flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,

36 but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found.

37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright; ¶ a future awaits those who seek peace. [^3]

38 But all sinners will be destroyed; there will be no future [^4] for the wicked.

39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; ¶ he is their stronghold in time of trouble.

40 The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, ¶ because they take refuge in him.