37:1([A Psalm] of David.) Fret not a thyself because of
evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of
(a) He admonishes us neither to vex ourselves for the
prosperous estate of the wicked, or to desire to be
like them to make our estate better.
37:2 For they shall soon be b cut down like the grass, and
wither as the green herb.
(b) For God's judgment cuts down their state in a moment.
37:3c Trust in the LORD, and do good; [so] shalt thou dwell
in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
(c) To trust in God and do according to his will are sure
signs that his providence will never fail us.
37:5d Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he
shall bring [it] to pass.
(d) Do not be led by your own wisdom, but obey God and he
will finish his work in you.
37:6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light,
and thy e judgment as the noonday.
(e) As the hope of daylight causes us not to be offended
with the darkness of the night so ought we patiently to
trust that God will clear our cause and restore us to
37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not
thyself because of him f who prospereth in his way,
because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
(f) When God allows the wicked to prosper, it seems to the
flesh that he favours their doings, (Job 21:7).
37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: g fret not thyself
in any wise to do evil.
(g) Meaning, unless he moderates his affection, he will be
led to do as they do.
37:10h For yet a little while, and the wicked [shall] not
[be]: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and
it [shall] not [be].
(y) He corrects the impatience of our nature, which cannot
abide till the fulness of God's time is come.
37:12i The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth
upon him with his teeth.
(i) The godly are assured that the power and craft of the
wicked will not prevail against them, but fall on
their own necks and therefore should patiently abide
God's time, and in the meanwhile bewail their sins,
and offer up their tears as a sacrifice of their
37:16k A little that a righteous man hath [is] better than
the riches of many wicked.
(k) For they are daily fed as with manna from heaven and
have sufficient, while the wicked never have enough,
but always hunger.
37:18 The LORD l knoweth the days of the upright: and their
inheritance shall be for ever.
(l) God knows what dangers hang over his, and by what
means to deliver them.
37:19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the
days of famine they shall m be satisfied.
(m) For God will give them contented minds, and that which
will be necessary.
37:20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD
[shall be] as the n fat of lambs: they shall consume;
into smoke shall they consume away.
(n) They will vanish away suddenly for they are fed for
the day of slaughter.
37:21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the
righteous sheweth mercy, and o giveth.
(o) God so furnishes him with high blessings, that he is
able to help others.
37:23p The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and
he delighteth in his way.
(p) God prospers the faithful because they walk in his
ways with an upright conscience.
37:24 Though he q fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for
the LORD upholdeth [him with] his hand.
(q) When God exercises his faith with various temptations.
37:25 I have been young, and [now] am old; yet have I not seen
the righteous forsaken, nor his r seed begging bread.
(r) Though the just man die, yet God's blessings are
extended to his posterity and though God suffer some
just man to lack temporal benefits, yet he recompenses
him with spiritual treasures.
37:29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein
s for ever.
(s) They will continually be preserved under God's wings,
and have at least inward rest.
37:30 The t mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his
tongue talketh of judgment.
(t) These three points are required from the faithful,
that their talk is godly, that God's law is in their
heart, and that their life is upright.
37:33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him
when he is u judged.
(u) For though it is sometimes so expedient both for God's
glory and their salvation, yet he will approve their
cause and avenge their wrong.
37:36 Yet he x passed away, and, lo, he [was] not: yea, I
sought him, but he could not be found.
(x) So that the prosperity of the wicked is but as a
cloud, which vanishes away in a moment.
37:37y Mark the perfect [man], and behold the upright: for
the end of [that] man [is] peace.
(y) He exhorts the faithful to mark diligently the
examples both of God's mercies, and also of his
37:39 But the z salvation of the righteous [is] of the LORD:
[he is] their strength in the time of trouble.
(z) He shows that the patient hope of the godly is never
in vain, but in the end has good success, though for a
time God proves them by various temptations.