37:3 Trust in the Lord and do what is right!
Settle in the land and maintain your integrity! 1
and he will answer your prayers. 3
Trust in him, and he will act on your behalf. 5
37:6 He will vindicate you in broad daylight,
and publicly defend your just cause. 6
Wait confidently 8 for him!
Do not fret over the apparent success of a sinner, 9
a man who carries out wicked schemes!
Do not fret! That only leads to trouble!
but those who rely on the Lord are the ones who will possess the land. 13
you will stare at the spot where they once were, but they will be gone. 15
1 tn Heb “tend integrity.” The verb רָעָה (ra’ah, “tend, shepherd”) is probably used here in the sense of “watch over, guard.” The noun אֱמוּנָה (’emunah, “faithfulness, honesty, integrity”) is understood as the direct object of the verb, though it could be taken as an adverbial accusative, “[feed] securely,” if the audience is likened to a flock of sheep.
3 tn Or “and he will give you what you desire most.” Heb “and he will grant to you the requests of your heart.”
4 tn Heb “roll your way upon the
6 tn Heb “and he will bring out like light your vindication, and your just cause like noonday.”
7 tn Heb “Be quiet before the
8 tc The Hebrew text has וְהִתְחוֹלֵל (vÿhitkholel, Hitpolel of חִיל, khil, “writhe with fear, suffer”) but this idea fits awkwardly here. The text should be changed to וְתוֹחֵל (vÿtokhel; Hiphil of יָחַל, yakhal, “wait”). It appears that the Hebrew text is the product of dittography: (1) the initial וה (vav-he) is accidentally repeated from the preceding word (יְהוָה, yÿhvah) and (2) the final lamed (ל) is accidentally repeated (note the preceding lamed and the initial lamed on the following form, לו).
9 tn Heb “over one who causes his way to be successful.”
10 tn Heb “Refrain from anger! Abandon rage!”
12 tn Or “cut off, removed.”
13 tn Heb “and those who wait on the
14 tn Heb “and yet, a little, there will be no wicked [one].”
15 tn Heb “and you will carefully look upon his place, but he will not be [there].” The singular is used here in a representative sense; the typical evildoer is in view.