Psalm 37:34
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English Standard Version
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.

King James Bible
Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

American Standard Version
Wait for Jehovah, and keep his way, And he will exalt thee to inherit the land: When the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Expect the Lord and keep his way : and he will exalt thee to inherit the land : when the sinners shall perish thou shalt see.

English Revised Version
Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he will exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The division of the verse is wrong; for the ס strophe, without any doubt, closes with חסדיו, and the ע eht dna strophe begins with לעולם, so that, according to the text which we possess, the ע of this word is the acrostic letter. The lxx, however, after εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα φυλαχθήσονται has another line, which suggests another commencement for the ע strophe, and runs in Cod. Vat., incorrectly, ἄμωμοι ἐκδικήσονται, in Cod. Alex., correctly, ἄνομοι δὲ ἐκδιωχθήσονται (Symmachus, ἄνομοι ἐξαρθήσονται). By ἄνομος the lxx translates עריץ in Isaiah 29:20; by ἄνομα, עולה in Job 27:4; and by ἐκδιώκειν, הצמית, the synonym of השׁמיד, in Psalm 101:5; so that consequently this line, as even Venema and Schleusner have discerned, was עוּלים נשׁמדוּ. It will at once be seen that this is only another reading for לעולם נשׁמרו; and, since it stands side by side with the latter, that it is an ancient attempt to produce a correct beginning for the ע strophe, which has been transplanted from the lxx into the text. It is, however, questionable whether this reparation is really a restoration of the original words (Hupfeld, Hitzig); since עוּל (עויל) is not a word found in the Psalms (for which reason Bצttcher's conjecture of עשׁי עולה more readily commends itself, although it is critically less probable), and לעולם נשׁמרו forms a continuation that is more naturally brought about by the context and perfectly logical.

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Wait. Kawah, to wait, implies the extension of a right line from one point to another. The first point is the human heart; the line is its intense desire; and the last point is God, to whom the heart extends this straight line of earnest desire. He who, while he waits on God, keeps his way, is sure to have the further blessings of which he is in pursuit.

Psalm 37:3,7,9 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and truly you shall be fed...

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Proverbs 20:22 Say not you, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save you.


Job 17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that has clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

Job 23:10-12 But he knows the way that I take: when he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold...

Proverbs 4:25-27 Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids look straight before you...

Proverbs 16:17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keeps his way preserves his soul.

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.


Psalm 92:10 But my horn shall you exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

Psalm 112:9 He has dispersed, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honor.

Luke 14:11 For whoever exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire...

1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:


Psalm 52:5,6 God shall likewise destroy you for ever, he shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place...

Psalm 91:8 Only with your eyes shall you behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Psalm 92:11 My eye also shall see my desire on my enemies, and my ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.

Cross References
Psalm 18:21
For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

Psalm 27:14
Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

Psalm 37:9
For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.

Psalm 52:5
But God will break you down forever; he will snatch and tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah

Psalm 52:6
The righteous shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him, saying,

Psalm 91:8
You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.

Proverbs 29:16
When the wicked increase, transgression increases, but the righteous will look upon their downfall.

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