2 for like the grass they will soon wither,x
like green plants they will soon die away.y
4 Take delightb in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.c
trust in himd and he will do this:
your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be stillg before the Lord
and wait patientlyh for him;
when they carry out their wicked schemes.k
8 Refrain from angerl and turn from wrath;
do not fretm—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,n
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;q
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the landr
and enjoy peace and prosperity.s
12 The wicked plott against the righteous
and gnash their teethu at them;
for he knows their day is coming.v
14 The wicked draw the swordw
and bend the bowx
to bring down the poor and needy,y
to slay those whose ways are upright.
15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,z
and their bows will be broken.a
than the wealthb of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,c
but the Lord upholdsd the righteous.
18 The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,e
and their inheritance will endure forever.f
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
20 But the wicked will perish:g
Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,
they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.h
but the righteous give generously;i
23 The Lord makes firm the stepsl
of the one who delightsm in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,n
for the Lord upholdso him with his hand.
yet I have never seen the righteous forsakenp
or their children beggingq bread.
26 They are always generous and lend freely;r
27 Turn from evil and do good;t
then you will dwell in the land forever.u
and will not forsake his faithful ones.v
Wrongdoers will be completely destroyedc;
the offspring of the wicked will perish.w
29 The righteous will inherit the landx
and dwell in it forever.y
30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,z
and their tongues speak what is just.
31 The law of their God is in their hearts;a
their feet do not slip.b
intent on putting them to death;
34 Hope in the Lordg
and keep his way.h
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
flourishingk like a luxuriant native tree,
though I looked for him, he could not be found.l
39 The salvations of the righteous comes from the Lord;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.t
he delivers them from the wicked and savesw them,
because they take refugex in him.
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