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Psalms 37:16-19

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37:16 The little bit that a godly man owns is better than

the wealth of many evil men, 1 

37:17 for evil men will lose their power, 2 

but the Lord sustains 3  the godly.

37:18 The Lord watches over the innocent day by day 4 

and they possess a permanent inheritance. 5 

37:19 They will not be ashamed when hard times come; 6 

when famine comes they will have enough to eat. 7 

Psalms 107:9

Context

107:9 For he has satisfied those who thirst, 8 

and those who hunger he has filled with food. 9 

1 tn Heb “Better [is] a little to the godly one than the wealth of many evil ones.” The following verses explain why this is true. Though a godly individual may seem to have only meager possessions, he always has what he needs and will eventually possess the land. The wicked may prosper for a brief time, but will eventually be destroyed by divine judgment and lose everything.

2 tn Heb “for the arms of the evil ones will be broken.”

3 tn The active participle here indicates this is characteristically true.

4 tn Heb “the Lord knows the days of the innocent ones.” He “knows” their days in the sense that he is intimately aware of and involved in their daily struggles. He meets their needs and sustains them.

5 tn Heb “and their inheritance is forever.”

6 tn Heb “in a time of trouble.”

7 tn Heb “in days of famine they will be satisfied.”

8 tn Heb “[the] longing throat.” The noun נֶפֶשׁ (nefesh), which frequently refers to one’s very being or soul, here probably refers to one’s parched “throat” (note the parallelism with נֶפֱשׁ רְעֵבָה, nefesh rÿevah, “hungry throat”).

9 tn Heb “and [the] hungry throat he has filled [with] good.”



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