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Psalm 37


[Recommended tunes: v 1-7 St James, Gloucester; v 8-22 Grafenberg; 

v 23-34 Durham, Bristol; v 35-40 Hermon, St Anne]



A Psalm of David.


1For evil-doers fret thou not

thyself unquietly;

Nor do thou envy bear to those

that work iniquity.

2For, even like unto the grass,

soon be cut down shall they;

And, like the green and tender herb,

they wither shall away.


3Set thou thy trust upon the Lord,

and be thou doing good;

And so thou in the land shalt dwell,

and verily have food.

4Delight thyself in God; he'll give

thine heart's desire to thee.

5Thy way to God commit, him trust,

it bring to pass shall he.


6And, like unto the light, he shall

thy righteousness display;

And he thy judgment shall bring forth

like noon-tide of the day.

7Rest in the Lord, and patiently

wait for him: do not fret

For him who, prosp'ring in his way,

success in sin doth get.


8Do thou from anger cease, and wrath

see thou forsake also:

Fret not thyself in any wise,

that evil thou should'st do.

9For those that evil doers are

shall be cut off and fall:

But those that wait upon the Lord

the earth inherit shall.


10For yet a little while, and then

the wicked shall not be;

His place thou shalt consider well,

but it thou shalt not see.

11But by inheritance the earth

the meek ones shall possess:

They also shall delight themselves

in an abundant peace.


12The wicked plots against the just,

and at him whets his teeth:

13The Lord shall laugh at him, because

his day he coming seeth.

14The wicked have drawn out the sword,

and bent their bow, to slay

The poor and needy, and to kill

men of an upright way.


15But their own sword, which they have drawn,

shall enter their own heart:

Their bows which they have bent shall break,

and into pieces part.

16A little that a just man hath

is more and better far

Than is the wealth of many such

as lewd and wicked are.


17For sinners' arms shall broken be;

but God the just sustains.

18God knows the just man's days, and still

their heritage remains.

19They shall not be asham'd when they

the evil time do see;

And when the days of famine are,

they satisfy'd shall be.


20But wicked men, and foes of God,

as fat of lambs, decay;

They shall consume, yea, into smoke

they shall consume away.

21The wicked borrows, but the same

again he doth not pay;

Whereas the righteous mercy shews,

and gives his own away.


22For such as blessed be of him

the earth inherit shall;

And they that cursed are of him

shall be destroyed all.

23A good man's footsteps by the Lord

are ordered aright;

And in the way wherein he walks

he greatly doth delight.


24Although he fall, yet shall he not

be cast down utterly;

Because the Lord with his own hand

upholds him mightily.

25I have been young, and now am old,

yet have I never seen

The just man left, nor that his seed

for bread have beggars been.


26He's ever merciful, and lends:

his seed is bless'd therefore.

27Depart from evil, and do good,

and dwell for evermore.

28For God loves judgment, and his saints

leaves not in any case;

They are kept ever: but cut off

shall be the sinner's race.


29The just inherit shall the land,

and ever in it dwell:

30The just man's mouth doth wisdom speak;

his tongue doth judgment tell.

31In's heart the law is of his God,

his steps slide not away.

32The wicked man doth watch the just,

and seeketh him to slay.


33Yet him the Lord will not forsake,

nor leave him in his hands:

The righteous will he not condemn,

when he in judgment stands.

34Wait on the Lord, and keep his way,

and thee exalt shall he

Th' earth to inherit; when cut off

the wicked thou shalt see.


35I saw the wicked great in pow'r,

spread like a green bay-tree:

36He pass'd, yea, was not; him I sought,

but found he could not be.

37Mark thou the perfect, and behold

the man of uprightness;

Because that surely of this man

the latter end is peace.


38But those men that transgressors are

shall be destroy'd together;

The latter end of wicked men

shall be cut off for ever.

39But the salvation of the just

is from the Lord above;

He in the time of their distress

their stay and strength doth prove.


40The Lord shall help, and them deliver:

he shall them free and save

From wicked men; because in him

their confidence they have.



The Psalms in Metre