Psalm 37:7
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English Standard Version
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

King James Bible
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

American Standard Version
Rest in Jehovah, and wait patiently for him: Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, Because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be subject to the Lord and pray to him Envy not the man who prospereth in his way; the man who doth unjust things.

English Revised Version
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Webster's Bible Translation
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Psalm 37:7 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Olshausen observes, "The poet keeps entirely to the standpoint of the old Hebrew doctrine of recompense, which the Book of Job so powerfully refutes." But, viewed in the light of the final issue, all God's government is really in a word righteous recompense; and the Old Testament theodicy is only inadequate in so far as the future, which adjusts all present inconsistencies, is still veiled. Meanwhile the punitive justice of God does make itself manifest, as a rule, in the case of the ungodly even in the present world; even their dying is usually a fearful end to their life's prosperity. This it is which the poet means here, and which is also expressed by Job himself in the Book of Job, Job 27:1. With התחרה, to grow hot or angry (distinct from תּחרה, to emulate, Jeremiah 12:5; Jeremiah 22:15), alternates קנּא, to get into a glow, excandescentia, whether it be the restrained heat of sullen envy, or the incontrollable heat of impetuous zeal which would gladly call down fire from heaven. This first distich has been transferred to the Book of Proverbs, Proverbs 24:19, cf. Proverbs 23:17; Proverbs 24:1; Proverbs 3:31; and in general we may remark that this Psalm is one of the Davidic patterns for the Salomonic gnome system. The form ימּלוּ is, according to Gesenius, Olshausen, and Hitzig, fut. Kal of מלל, cognate אמל, they wither away, pausal form for ימּלוּ like יתּממוּ, Psalm 102:28; but the signification to cut off also is secured to the verb מלל by the Niph. נמל, Genesis 17:11, whence fut. ימּלוּ equals ימּלּוּ; vid., on Job 14:2; Job 18:16. ירק דּשׁא is a genitival combination: the green (viror) of young vigorous vegetation.

Psalm 37:7 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Rest in [heb.] be silent to

Psalm 62:1 Truly my soul waits on God: from him comes my salvation.

Joshua 10:12 Then spoke Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel...

Jonah 1:11 Then said they to him, What shall we do to you, that the sea may be calm to us? for the sea worked, and was tempestuous.

wait

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

Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry.

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

Isaiah 8:17 And I will wait on the LORD, that hides his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.

Isaiah 30:15 For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall you be saved...

Lamentations 3:25,26 The LORD is good to them that wait for him, to the soul that seeks him...

Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it...

Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Hebrews 10:36,37 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise...

James 5:7-11 Be patient therefore, brothers, to the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth...

fret

Psalm 50:8 I will not reprove you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.

Psalm 73:3-14 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked...

Jeremiah 12:1 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk with you of your judgments: Why does the way of the wicked prosper?...

the man

Job 21:7 Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, are mighty in power?

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter...

Isaiah 10:13,14 For he said, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people...

Daniel 11:36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god...

Revelation 13:3-10 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast...

Cross References
Psalm 26:10
in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are full of bribes.

Psalm 37:1
Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers!

Psalm 37:8
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.

Psalm 40:1
I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.

Psalm 49:16
Be not afraid when a man becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases.

Psalm 62:5
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.

Psalm 73:3
For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

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