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Psalms 37:25


37:25 I was once young, now I am old.

I have never seen a godly man abandoned,

or his children 1  forced to search for food. 2 

Psalms 37:28


37:28 For the Lord promotes 3  justice,

and never abandons 4  his faithful followers.

They are permanently secure, 5 

but the children 6  of evil men are wiped out. 7 

1 tn Or “offspring”; Heb “seed.”

2 tn Heb “or his offspring searching for food.” The expression “search for food” also appears in Lam 1:11, where Jerusalem’s refugees are forced to search for food and to trade their valuable possessions for something to eat.

3 tn Heb “loves.” The verb “loves” is here metonymic; the Lord’s commitment to principles of justice causes him to actively promote these principles as he governs the world. The active participle describes characteristic behavior.

4 tn The imperfect verbal form draws attention to this generalizing statement.

5 tn Or “protected forever.”

6 tn Or “offspring”; Heb “seed.”

7 tn Or “cut off”; or “removed.” The perfect verbal forms in v. 28b state general truths.

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