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Psalms 37:7-9

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37:7 Wait patiently for the Lord! 1 

Wait confidently 2  for him!

Do not fret over the apparent success of a sinner, 3 

a man who carries out wicked schemes!

37:8 Do not be angry and frustrated! 4 

Do not fret! That only leads to trouble!

37:9 Wicked men 5  will be wiped out, 6 

but those who rely on the Lord are the ones who will possess the land. 7 

1 tn Heb “Be quiet before the Lord!”

2 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).

3 tn Heb “over one who causes his way to be successful.”

4 tn Heb “Refrain from anger! Abandon rage!”

5 tn Heb “for evil men.” The conjunction כִּי (ki, “for”) relates to the exhortations in v. 8; there is no reason to be frustrated, for the evildoers will be punished in due time.

6 tn Or “cut off, removed.”

7 tn Heb “and those who wait on the Lord, they will possess the land.”



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