1[Of David] Do not get heated about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. 2Quick as the grass they wither, fading like the green of the fields. 3Put your trust in Yahweh and do right, make your home in the land and live secure. 4Make Yahweh your joy and he will give you your heart's desires. 5Commit your destiny to Yahweh, be confident in him, and he wil act, 6making your uprightness clear as daylight, and the justice of your cause as the noon. 7Stay quiet before Yahweh, wait longingly for him, do not get heated over someone who is making afortune, succeeding by devious means. 8Refrain from anger, leave rage aside, do not get heated -- it can do no good; 9for evil-doers will be annihilated, while those who hope in Yahweh shal have the land for their own. 10A little while and the wicked wil be no more, however wel you search for the place, the wicked wilnot be there; 11but the poor wil have the land for their own, to enjoy untroubled peace. 12The wicked plots against the upright and gnashes his teeth at him, 13but Yahweh only laughs at his efforts, knowing that his end is in sight. 14Though the wicked draw his sword and bend his bow to slaughter the honest and bring down thepoor and the needy, 15his sword will pierce his own heart, and his bow wil be shattered. 16What little the upright possesses outweighs al the wealth of the wicked; 17for the weapons of the wicked shal be shattered, while Yahweh supports the upright. 18The lives of the just are in Yahweh's care, their birthright wil endure for ever; 19they wil not be put to shame when bad times come, in time of famine they wil have plenty. 20The wicked, enemies of Yahweh, wil be destroyed, they wil vanish like the green of the pasture, theywil vanish in smoke. 21The wicked borrows and wil not repay, but the upright is generous in giving; 22those he blesses will have the land for their own, and those he curses be annihilated. 23Yahweh guides a strong man's steps and keeps them firm; and takes pleasure in him. 24When he trips he is not thrown sprawling, since Yahweh supports him by the hand. 25Now I am old, but ever since my youth I never saw an upright person abandoned, or the descendantsof the upright forced to beg their bread. 26The upright is always compassionate, always lending, so his descendants reap a blessing. 27Turn your back on evil and do good, you wil have a home for ever, 28for Yahweh loves justice and wil not forsake his faithful. Evil-doers wil perish eternally, thedescendants of the wicked be annihilated, 29but the upright shal have the land for their own, there they shal live for ever. 30Wisdom comes from the lips of the upright, and his tongue speaks what is right; 31the law of his God is in his heart, his foot wil never slip. 32The wicked keeps a close eye on the upright, looking out for a chance to kill him; 33Yahweh will never abandon him to the clutches of the wicked, nor let him be condemned if he is tried. 34Put your hope in Yahweh, keep to his path, he wil raise you up to make the land your own; you willook on while the wicked are annihilated. 35I have seen the wicked exultant, towering like a cedar of Lebanon. 36When next I passed he was gone, I searched for him and he was nowhere to be found. 37Observe the innocent, consider the honest, for the lover of peace wil not lack children. 38But the wicked wil al be destroyed together, and their children annihilated. 39The upright have Yahweh for their Saviour, their refuge in times of trouble; 40Yahweh helps them and rescues them, he wil rescue them from the wicked, and save them becausethey take refuge in him.
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