DAVID’S RESPONSE TO PREVAILING EVILDOERS

“DO NOT FRET because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

TRUST IN THE LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. DELIGHT YOURSELF ALSO IN THE LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

COMMIT YOUR WAY TO THE LORD, TRUST ALSO IN HIM, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

REST IN THE LORD, and wait patiently for Him; DO NOT FRET because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. CEASE FROM ANGER, and FORSAKE WRATH; DO NOT FRET – – it only causes harm. For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who WAIT ON THE LORD, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; indeed, you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more. But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth. The Lord laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are of upright conduct. Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous. The LORD knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever. …But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them and deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they TRUST IN HIM!”

(Psalm 37:1-18, 39, 40)

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