Good News Translation (GNB)
37

The Destiny of the Wicked and of the GoodPs 37 Hebrew title: By David.

371Don't be worried on account of the wicked;

don't be jealous of those who do wrong.

2They will soon disappear like grass that dries up;

they will die like plants that wither.

3Trust in the LORD and do good;

live in the land and be safe.

4Seek your happiness in the LORD,

and he will give you your heart's desire.

5Give yourself to the LORD;

trust in him, and he will help you;

6he will make your righteousness shine like the noonday sun.

7Be patient and wait for the LORD to act;

don't be worried about those who prosper

or those who succeed in their evil plans.

8Don't give in to worry or anger;

it only leads to trouble.

9Those who trust in the LORD will possess the land,

but the wicked will be driven out.

10Soon the wicked will disappear;

you may look for them, but you won't find them;

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37.11:
Mt 5.5
the humble will possess the land

and enjoy prosperity and peace.

12The wicked plot against good people

and glare at them with hate.

13But the Lord laughs at wicked people,

because he knows they will soon be destroyed.

14The wicked draw their swords and bend their bows

to kill the poor and needy,

to slaughter those who do what is right;

15but they will be killed by their own swords,

and their bows will be smashed.

16The little that a good person owns

is worth more than the wealth of all the wicked,

17because the LORD will take away the strength of the wicked,

but protect those who are good.

18The LORD takes care of those who obey him,

and the land will be theirs for ever.

19They will not suffer when times are bad;

they will have enough in time of famine.

20But the wicked will die;

the enemies of the LORD will vanish like wild flowers;

they will disappear like smoke.

21The wicked borrow and never pay back,

but good people are generous with their gifts.

22Those who are blessed by the LORD will possess the land,

but those who are cursed by him will be driven out.

23The LORD guides people in the way they should go

and protects those who please him.

24If they fall, they will not stay down,

because the LORD will help them up.

25I am old now; I have lived a long time,

but I have never seen good people abandoned by the LORD

or their children begging for food.

26At all times they give freely and lend to others,

and their children are a blessing.

27Turn away from evil and do good,

and your descendants will always live in the land;

28for the LORD loves what is right

and does not abandon his faithful people.

He protects them for ever,

but the descendants of the wicked will be driven out.

29The righteous will possess the land

and live in it for ever.

30The words of good people are wise,

and they are always fair.

31They keep the law of their God in their hearts

and never depart from it.

32Wicked people watch good people

and try to kill them;

33but the LORD will not abandon them to their enemy's power

or let them be condemned when they are on trial.

34Put your hope in the LORD and obey his commands;

he will honour you by giving you the land,

and you will see the wicked driven out.

35I once knew a wicked and ruthless person;

he towered over everyone like a cedar of Lebanon;37.35 One ancient translation like a cedar of Lebanon; Hebrew unclear.

36but later I37.36 Some ancient translations I; Hebrew he. passed by, and he wasn't there;

I looked for him, but couldn't find him.

37Notice good people, observe the righteous;

peaceful people have descendants,

38but sinners are completely destroyed,

and their descendants are wiped out.

39The LORD saves the righteous

and protects them in times of trouble.

40He helps them and rescues them;

he saves them from the wicked,

because they go to him for protection.

38

The Prayer of a SuffererPs 38 Hebrew title: A psalm by David; a lament.

381O LORD, don't punish me in your anger!

2You have wounded me with your arrows;

you have struck me down.

3Because of your anger, I am in great pain;

my whole body is diseased because of my sins.

4I am drowning in the flood of my sins;

they are a burden too heavy to bear.

5Because I have been foolish,

my sores stink and rot.

6I am bowed down, I am crushed;

I mourn all day long.

7I am burning with fever

and I am near to death.

8I am worn out and utterly crushed;

my heart is troubled, and I groan with pain.

9O Lord, you know what I long for;

you hear all my groans.

10My heart is pounding, my strength is gone,

and my eyes have lost their brightness.

11My friends and neighbours will not come near me,

because of my sores;

even my family keeps away from me.

12Those who want to kill me lay traps for me,

and those who want to hurt me threaten to ruin me;

they never stop plotting against me.

13I am like the deaf and cannot hear,

like the dumb and cannot speak.

14I am like those who do not answer,

because they cannot hear.

15But I trust in you, O LORD;

and you, O Lord my God, will answer me.

16Don't let my enemies gloat over my distress;

don't let them boast about my downfall!

17I am about to fall

and am in constant pain.

18I confess my sins;

they fill me with anxiety.

19My enemies are healthy and strong;

there are many who hate me for no reason.

20Those who pay back evil for good

are against me because I try to do right.

21Do not abandon me, O LORD;

do not stay away, my God!

22Help me now, O Lord my saviour!

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The Confession of a SuffererPs 39 Hebrew title: A psalm by David.

391I said, “I will be careful what I do

and will not let my tongue make me sin;

I will not say anything

while evil people are near.”

2I kept quiet, not saying a word,

not even about anything good!

But my suffering only grew worse,

3and I was overcome with anxiety.

The more I thought, the more troubled I became;

I could not keep from asking:

4LORD, how long will I live?

When will I die?

Tell me how soon my life will end.”

5How short you have made my life!

In your sight my lifetime seems nothing.

Indeed every living being is no more than a puff of wind,

6no more than a shadow.

All they do is for nothing;

they gather wealth, but don't know who will get it.

7What, then, can I hope for, Lord?

I put my hope in you.

8Save me from all my sins,

and don't let fools laugh at me.

9I will keep quiet, I will not say a word,

for you are the one who made me suffer like this.

10Don't punish me any more!

I am about to die from your blows.

11You punish our sins by your rebukes,

and like a moth you destroy what we love.

Indeed we are no more than a puff of wind!

12Hear my prayer, LORD,

and listen to my cry;

come to my aid when I weep.

Like all my ancestors

I am only your guest for a little while.

13Leave me alone so that I may have some happiness

before I go away and am no more.