Psalms 37 & 38 - Prayer of a Suffering Penitent

Psalm 37

Security of Those Who Trust in the LORD,

and Insecurity of the Wicked.

Psalm of David.

1 Do not fret because of evildoers,

Be not envious toward wrongdoers.

2 For they will wither quickly like the grass

And fade like the green herb.

3 Trust in the LORD and do good;

Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.

4 Delight yourself in the LORD;

And He will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the LORD,

Trust also in Him, and He will do it.

6 He will bring forth your righteousness as

the light

And your judgment as the noonday.

7 Rest in the LORD and wait patiently

for Him;

Do not fret because of him who prospers

in his way,

Because of the man who carries out wicked


8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath;

Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.

9 For evildoers will be cut off,

But those who wait for the LORD, they will

inherit the land.

10 Yet a little while and the wicked man will

be no more;

And you will look carefully for his place and

he will not be there.

11 But the humble will inherit the land

And will delight themselves in abundant


12 The wicked plots against the righteous

And gnashes at him with his teeth.

13 The Lord laughs at him,

For He sees his day is coming.

14The wicked have drawn the sword and

bent their bow

To cast down the afflicted and the needy,

To slay those who are upright in conduct.

15 Their sword will enter their own heart,

And their bows will be broken.

16 Better is the little of the righteous

Than the abundance of many wicked.

17 For the arms of the wicked will be broken,

But the LORD sustains the righteous.

18 The LORD knows the days of the


And their inheritance will be forever.

19 They will not be ashamed in the time

of evil,

And in the days of famine they will have


20 But the wicked will perish;

And the enemies of the LORD will be like

the glory of the pastures,

They vanish--like smoke they vanish away.

21 The wicked borrows and does not pay


But the righteous is gracious and gives.

22 For those blessed by Him will inherit

the land,

But those cursed by Him will be cut off.

23 The steps of a man are established by

the LORD,

And He delights in his way.

24 When he falls, he will not be hurled


Because the LORD is the One who holds

his hand.

25 I have been young and now I am old,

Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken

Or his descendants begging bread.

26 All day long he is gracious and lends,

And his descendants are a blessing.

27 Depart from evil and do good,

So you will abide forever.

28 For the LORD loves justice

And does not forsake His godly ones;

They are preserved forever,

But the descendants of the wicked will be

cut off.

29 The righteous will inherit the land

And dwell in it forever.

30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,

And his tongue speaks justice.

31 The law of his God is in his heart;

His steps do not slip.

32 The wicked spies upon the righteous

And seeks to kill him.

33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand

Or let him be condemned when he is judged.

34 Wait for the LORD and keep His way,

And He will exalt you to inherit the land;

When the wicked are cut off, you will see it.

35 I have seen a wicked, violent man

Spreading himself like a luxuriant tree in its

native soil.

36 Then he passed away, and lo, he was no


I sought for him, but he could not be found.

37 Mark the blameless man, and behold the


For the man of peace will have a posterity.

38 But transgressors will be altogether


The posterity of the wicked will be cut off.

39 But the salvation of the righteous is from

the LORD;

He is their strength in time of trouble.

40 The LORD helps them and delivers them;

He delivers them from the wicked and saves


Because they take refuge in Him.

Psalm 38

Prayer of a Suffering Penitent.

Psalm of David, for a memorial.

1 O LORD, rebuke me not in Your wrath,

And chasten me not in Your burning anger.

2 For Your arrows have sunk deep into me,

And Your hand has pressed down on me.

3 There is no soundness in my flesh because

of Your indignation;

There is no health in my bones because of

my sin.

4 For my iniquities are gone over my head;

As a heavy burden they weigh too much

for me.

5 My wounds grow foul and fester

Because of my folly.

6 I am bent over and greatly bowed down;

I go mourning all day long.

7 For my loins are filled with burning,

And there is no soundness in my flesh.

8 I am benumbed and badly crushed;

I groan because of the agitation of my heart.

9 Lord, all my desire is before You;

And my sighing is not hidden from You.

10 My heart throbs, my strength fails me;

And the light of my eyes, even that has

gone from me.

11 My loved ones and my friends stand

aloof from my plague;

And my kinsmen stand afar off.

12 Those who seek my life lay snares

for me;

And those who seek to injure me have

threatened destruction,

And they devise treachery all day long.

13 But I, like a deaf man, do not hear;

And I am like a mute man who does not

open his mouth.

14 Yes, I am like a man who does not hear,

And in whose mouth are no arguments.

15 For I hope in You, O LORD;

You will answer, O Lord my God.

16 For I said, "May they not rejoice over me,

Who, when my foot slips, would magnify

themselves against me."

17 For I am ready to fall,

And my sorrow is continually before me.

18 For I confess my iniquity;

I am full of anxiety because of my sin.

19 But my enemies are vigorous and strong,

And many are those who hate me wrongfully.

20 And those who repay evil for good,

They oppose me, because I follow what is good.

21 Do not forsake me, O LORD;

O my God, do not be far from me!

22 Make haste to help me,

O Lord, my salvation!

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