1 «[A Psalm] of David.» Fret notHe admonishes us neither to vex ourselves for the prosperous estate of the wicked, or to desire to be like them to make our estate better.thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon beFor God's judgment cuts down their state in a moment.cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
3 To trust in God and do according to his will are sure signs that his providence will never fail us.Trust in the LORD, and do good; [so] shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
4 And delite thy selfe in the Lorde, and hee shall giue thee thine hearts desire.
5 Do not be led by your own wisdom, but obey God and he will finish his work in you.Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thyAs the hope of daylight causes us not to be offended with the darkness of the night so ought we patiently to trust that God will clear our cause and restore us to our right.judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of himWhen God allows the wicked to prosper, it seems to the flesh that he favours their doings, (Job_21:7).who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:Meaning, unless he moderates his affection, he will be led to do as they do.fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
9 For euill doers shalbe cut off, and they that wait vpon the Lord, they shall inherite the land.
10 He corrects the impatience of our nature, which cannot abide till the fulness of God's time is come.For yet a little while, and the wicked [shall] not [be]: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it [shall] not [be].
11 But meeke men shal possesse the earth, and shall haue their delite in the multitude of peace.
12 The godly are assured that the power and craft of the wicked will not prevail against them, but fall on their own necks and therefore should patiently abide God's time, and in the meanwhile bewail their sins, and offer up their tears as a sacrifice of their obedience.The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13 But the Lord shall laugh him to scorne: for he seeth, that his day is comming.
14 The wicked haue drawen their sworde, and haue bent their bowe, to cast downe the poore and needie, and to slay such as be of vpright conuersation.
15 But their sword shall enter into their owne heart, and their bowes shalbe broken.
16 For they are daily fed as with manna from heaven and have sufficient, while the wicked never have enough, but always hunger.A little that a righteous man hath [is] better than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the armes of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord vpholdeth the iust men.
18 The LORDGod knows what dangers hang over his, and by what means to deliver them.knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shallFor God will give them contented minds, and that which will be necessary.be satisfied.
20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD [shall be] as theThey will vanish away suddenly for they are fed for the day of slaughter.fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.
21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, andGod so furnishes him with high blessings, that he is able to help others.giveth.
22 For such as be blessed of God, shall inherite the lande, and they that be cursed of him, shalbe cut off.
23 God prospers the faithful because they walk in his ways with an upright conscience.The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
24 Though heWhen God exercises his faith with various temptations.fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth [him with] his hand.
25 I have been young, and [now] am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor hisThough the just man die, yet God's blessings are extended to his posterity and though God suffer some just man to lack temporal benefits, yet he recompenses him with spiritual treasures.seed begging bread.
26 But hee is euer mercifull and lendeth, and his seede enioyeth the blessing.
27 Flee from euill and doe good, and dwell for euer.
28 For the Lord loueth iudgement, and forsaketh not his Saintes: they shall be preserued for euermore: but the seede of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell thereinThey will continually be preserved under God's wings, and have at least inward rest.for ever.
30 TheThese three points are required from the faithful, that their talk is godly, that God's law is in their heart, and that their life is upright.mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.
31 For the Lawe of his God is in his heart, and his steppes shall not slide.
32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.
33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he isFor though it is sometimes so expedient both for God's glory and their salvation, yet he will approve their cause and avenge their wrong.judged.
34 Waite thou on the Lorde, and keepe his way, and he shall exalt thee, that thou shalt inherite the lande: when the wicked men shall perish, thou shalt see.
35 I haue seene the wicked strong, and spreading himselfe like a greene bay tree.
36 Yet heSo that the prosperity of the wicked is but as a cloud, which vanishes away in a moment.passed away, and, lo, he [was] not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
37 He exhorts the faithful to mark diligently the examples both of God's mercies, and also of his judgments.Mark the perfect [man], and behold the upright: for the end of [that] man [is] peace.
38 But the transgressours shall be destroyed together, and the ende of the wicked shall bee cut off.
39 But theHe shows that the patient hope of the godly is never in vain, but in the end has good success, though for a time God proves them by various temptations.salvation of the righteous [is] of the LORD: [he is] their strength in the time of trouble.
40 For the Lord shall helpe them, and deliuer them: he shall deliuer them from the wicked, and shall saue them, because they trust in him.