Security of Those Who Trust in the Lord, and Insecurity of the Wicked.
A Psalm of David.
1 Do not worry because of evildoers, nor be envious toward wrongdoers;
2 For they will wither quickly like the grass, and fade like the green herb.
3 Trust [rely on and have confidence] in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and feed [securely] on His faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord; Trust in Him also and He will do it.
6 He will make your righteousness [your pursuit of right standing with God] like the light, and your judgment like [the shining of] the noonday [sun].
7 Be still before the Lord; wait patiently for Him and entrust yourself to Him; Do not fret (whine, agonize) because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
8 Cease from anger and abandon wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evil.
9 For those who do evil will be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.
10 For yet a little while and the wicked one will be gone [forever]; Though you look carefully where he used to be, he will not be [found].
11 But the humble will [at last] inherit the land and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity and peace.
12 The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes at him with his teeth.
13 The Lord laughs at him [the wicked one—the one who oppresses the righteous], for He sees that his day [of defeat] is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn the sword and bent their bow to cast down the afflicted and the needy, to slaughter those who are upright in conduct [those with personal integrity and godly character].
15 The sword [of the ungodly] will enter their own heart, and their bow will be broken.
16 Better is the little of the righteous [who seek the will of God] than the abundance (riches) of many wicked (godless).
17 For the arms of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds and sustains the righteous [who seek Him].
18 The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their inheritance will continue forever.
19 They will not be [b]ashamed in the time of evil, and in the days of famine they will have plenty and be satisfied.
20 But the wicked (ungodly) will perish, and the enemies of the Lord will be like the [c]glory of the pastures and like the fat of lambs [that is consumed in smoke], they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.Psalm 37:1-20 (AMP)