1Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3Trust In The LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4Take delight In The LORD,
and HE Will Give you the desires of your heart.
5Commit your way to The LORD;
trust in HIM and HE Will Do this:
6HE Will Make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
7Be still Before The LORD
and wait patiently for HIM;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in The LORD will inherit the land.
10A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity.
12The wicked plot against the righteous
and gnash their teeth at them;
13But The LORD Laughs At the wicked,
For HE Knows their day is coming.
14The wicked draw the sword
and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose ways are upright.
15But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
16Better the little that the righteous have
than the wealth of many wicked;
17for the power of the wicked will be broken,
But The LORD Upholds the righteous.
18The blameless spend their days under The LORD'S Care,
and their inheritance will endure forever.
19In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
20But the wicked will perish:
Though The LORD'S enemies are like the flowers of the field,
they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.
21The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously;
22those The LORD Blesses will inherit the land,
but those HE Curses will be destroyed.
23The LORD Makes firm the steps
of the one who delights In HIM;
24though he may stumble, he will not fall,
For The LORD Upholds him with HIS Hand.
25I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
26They are always generous and lend freely;
their children will be a blessing.b
27Turn from evil and do good;
then you will dwell in the land forever.
28For The LORD Loves the just
and Will Not Forsake His faithful ones.
Wrongdoers will be completely destroyedc ;
the offspring of the wicked will perish.
29The righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it forever.
30The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
and their tongues speak what is just.
31The Law of their GOD is in their hearts;
their feet do not slip.
32The wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
intent on putting them to death;
33but The LORD Will Not Leave them in the power of the wicked
or let them be condemned when brought to trial.
34Hope In The LORD
and keep HIS Way.
HE Will Exalt you to inherit the land;
when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.
35I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,
36but he soon passed away and was no more;
though I looked for him, he could not be found.
37Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
a future awaits those who seek peace.d
38But all sinners will be destroyed;
there will be no futuree for the wicked.
39The salvation of the righteous comes From The LORD;
HE Is their Stronghold in 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.
This Psalm is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
This psalm is an excellent sermon, calculated not (as most of the psalms) for our devotion, but for our conversation for there is nothing in it of prayer or praise, but it is all instruction; it is "Maschil-a teaching psalm;" it is an perfect explanation to some of the hardest questions in the Bible - the advancement of the wicked and the disgrace of the righteous and it provides a solution of the difficulties that arise, and an exhortation to conduct ourselves under such dark times.
The work of the prophets (and David was one) was to explain the Law. Now the Law of Moses had promised temporal blessings to the obedient, and denounced temporal miseries against the disobedient, which principally referred to the body of the people, the nation as a nation; but when they came to be applied to particular persons, many instances occurred of sinners in prosperity and saints in adversity; to reconcile those instances with the WORD That GOD Had Spoken is the scope of the prophet in this Psalm, in which;
I. He forbids us to fret (Hebrew to be heated by anger) at the prosperity of the wicked in their wicked ways (v. 1, 7, 8).
II. He gives very good reasons why we should not fret at it.
1. Because of the scandalous character of the wicked (v. 12, 14, 21, 32) notwithstanding their prosperity, and the honorable character of the righteous (v. 21, 26, 30, 31).
2. Because of the destruction and ruin which the wicked are close to (v. 2, 9, 10, 20, 35, 36, 38) and the salvation and protection which the righteous are sure of from all the malicious designs of the wicked (v. 13, 15, 17, 28, 33, 39, 40).
3. Because of the particular Mercy GOD Has in store for all good people and the Favor HE Shows them (v. 11, 16, 18, 19, 22-25, 28, 29, 37).
III. He prescribes very good remedies against this sin of envying the prosperity of the wicked and great encouragement to use those remedies (v. 3-6, 27, 34).
In singing this Psalm we must teach and admonish one another to understand the Providence of GOD and to accommodate ourselves to it, at all times carefully to do our duty and then patiently to leave the event with GOD and to believe that, how dark things may look for the present, it shall be "well with those who fear GOD, who fear Before HIM."