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Psalms 37:1

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Psalm 37 1 

By David.

37:1 Do not fret 2  when wicked men seem to succeed! 3 

Do not envy evildoers!

Psalms 37:4

Context

37:4 Then you will take delight in the Lord, 4 

and he will answer your prayers. 5 

1 sn Psalm 37. The psalmist urges his audience not to envy the wicked, but to trust in and obey the Lord, for he will destroy sinners and preserve the godly. When the smoke of judgment clears, the wicked will be gone, but the godly will remain and inherit God’s promised blessings. The psalm is an acrostic; every other verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

2 tn The verb form is singular (see vv. 3-10 as well, where the second person verbs and pronouns are also singular). The psalmist’s exhortation has a wisdom flavor to it; it is personalized for each member of his audience.

3 tn Heb “over sinners.” The context indicates that the psalmist has in mind the apparent power and success of sinners. See v. 7b.

4 tn Following the imperatives of v. 3 the prefixed verbal forms with vav (ו) in v. 4 indicate result. Faith and obedience (v. 3) will bring divine blessing (v. 4).

5 tn Or “and he will give you what you desire most.” Heb “and he will grant to you the requests of your heart.”



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