Psalm 37:35
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New International Version
I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,

King James Bible
I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

Darby Bible Translation
I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading like a green tree in its native soil:

World English Bible
I have seen the wicked in great power, spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil.

Young's Literal Translation
I have seen the wicked terrible, And spreading as a green native plant,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay-tree - Does not this refer to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and to the vision he had of the great tree which was in the midst of the earth, the head of which reached up to heaven? See Daniel 4:10, etc.

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Psalm 73:3-11 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked...

Esther 5:11 And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him...

Job 5:3 I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

Job 21:7-17 Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, are mighty in power...

Isaiah 14:14-19 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High...

a green bay-tree. or, a green tree that groweth in his own soil

Job 8:13-19 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish...

Ezekiel 31:6-10,18 All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young...

Daniel 4:20 The tree that you saw, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached to the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;

Library
November 13. "Delight Thyself in the Lord" (Ps. xxxvii. 4).
"Delight thyself in the Lord" (Ps. xxxvii. 4). Daniel's heart was filled with God's love for His work and kingdom and his prayers were the mightiest forces of his time, through which God gave to him the restoration of Israel to their own land, and the acknowledgment by the rulers of the world of the God of whom he testified and for whom he lived. There is a beautiful promise in the thirty-seventh Psalm, "Delight thyself in the Lord, and He will give thee the desires of thine heart," which it is,
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

April 24. "Fret not Thyself in any Wise" (Ps. xxxvii. 8).
"Fret not thyself in any wise" (Ps. xxxvii. 8). A life was lost in Israel because a pair of human hands were laid unbidden upon the ark of God. They were placed upon it with the best intent to steady it when trembling and shaking as the oxen drew it along the rough way, but they touched God's work presumptuously, and they fell paralyzed and lifeless. Much of the life of faith consists in letting things alone. If we wholly trust an interest to God we can keep our hands off it, and He will guard it
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Christian Devotion to God's Will.
I into God's own heart and mind My heart and mind deliver, What evil seems, a gain I find, E'en death is life for ever. I am His son, Who spread the throne Of heaven high above me. Tho' I bend low Beneath His blow, Yet still His heart doth love me. He ne'er can prove untrue to me, My Father aye must love me, And tho' He cast me in the sea, He only thus would prove me; In what He good Doth count, He would My heart establish ever. And if I stand, His mighty hand Will raise me, and deliver. Vain had
Paul Gerhardt—Paul GerhardtÆs Spiritual Songs

Biographical Sketch.
Paul Gerhardt was born in Graefenhainichen in Electoral Saxony, where his father, Christian Gerhardt, was Burgomaster. There is some doubt as to the precise year of his birth, owing to the destruction of the church books when the place was burnt by the Swedes on the 16th of April, 1637. According to some, the event took place in the year 1606; according to others, in 1607. The probability is in favour of the former date, for General Superintendent Goltlob Stolze, of Luebben,[1] says that he died,
Paul Gerhardt—Paul GerhardtÆs Spiritual Songs

Cross References
Job 5:3
I myself have seen a fool taking root, but suddenly his house was cursed.

Job 8:16
They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden;

Job 20:5
that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.

Psalm 37:10
A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.

Isaiah 41:12
Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.

Jeremiah 12:2
You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit. You are always on their lips but far from their hearts.

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