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

King James Bible
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

American Standard Version
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: Fret not thyself, it tendeth only to evil-doing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Cease from anger, and leave rage; have no emulation to do evil.

English Revised Version
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself, it tendeth only to evil-doing.

Webster's Bible Translation
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

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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.

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Job 5:2 For wrath kills the foolish man, and envy slays the silly one.

Job 18:4 He tears himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for you? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?

Proverbs 14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalts folly.

Proverbs 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that rules his spirit than he that takes a city.

Ephesians 4:26,31 Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath...

James 1:19,20 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath...

James 3:14-18 But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth...


Psalm 31:22 For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before your eyes: nevertheless you heard the voice of my supplications when I cried to you.

Psalm 73:15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of your children.

Psalm 116:11 I said in my haste, All men are liars.

1 Samuel 25:21-23 Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow has in the wilderness...

Jeremiah 20:14,15 Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my mother bore me be blessed...

Jonah 4:1,9 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry...

Luke 9:54,55 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, will you that we command fire to come down from heaven...

Cross References
Ephesians 4:31
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

Colossians 3:8
But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

Psalm 37:7
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!

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