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Psalms 37:17


37:17 for evil men will lose their power, 1 

but the Lord sustains 2  the godly.

Psalms 37:24


37:24 Even if 3  he trips, he will not fall headlong, 4 

for the Lord holds 5  his hand.

Psalms 37:28


37:28 For the Lord promotes 6  justice,

and never abandons 7  his faithful followers.

They are permanently secure, 8 

but the children 9  of evil men are wiped out. 10 

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

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

3 tn Other translation options for כִּי in this context are “when” (so NASB) or “though” (so NEB, NIV, NRSV).

4 tn Heb “be hurled down.”

5 tn The active participle indicates this is characteristically true. See v. 17.

6 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.

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

8 tn Or “protected forever.”

9 tn Or “offspring”; Heb “seed.”

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

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