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Advent day 12: Psalms

08 December 2011 by FX Turk

Psalm 37 (ESV)

18The LORD knows the days of the blameless,
   and their heritage will remain forever;
19they are not put to shame in evil times;
   in the days of famine they have abundance.

 20But the wicked will perish;
   the enemies of the LORD are like the glory of the pastures;
   they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.

 21The wicked borrows but does not pay back,
   but the righteous is generous and gives;
22for those blessed by the LORD shall inherit the land,
   but those cursed by him shall be cut off.

 23The steps of a man are established by the LORD,
   when he delights in his way;
24 though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
   for the LORD upholds his hand.

 25I have been young, and now am old,
   yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
   or his children begging for bread.
26He is ever lending generously,
   and his children become a blessing.

 27 Turn away from evil and do good;
   so shall you dwell forever.
28For the LORD loves justice;
   he will not forsake his saints.
They are preserved forever,
   but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
29The righteous shall inherit the land
   and dwell upon it forever.

 30The 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.

 32The wicked watches for the righteous
   and seeks to put him to death.
33The LORD will not abandon him to his power
   or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.

 34 Wait for the LORD and keep his way,
   and he will exalt you to inherit the land;
   you will look on when the wicked are cut off.

 35 I have seen a wicked, ruthless man,
   spreading himself like a green laurel tree.
36But he passed away, and behold, he was no more;
   though I sought him, he could not be found.

 37Mark the blameless and behold the upright,
   for there is a future for the man of peace.
38But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;
   the future of the wicked shall be cut off.

 39 The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;
   he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
40The LORD helps them and delivers them;
    he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
   because they take refuge in him.