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2018 June 11

Sunset at Ivry (1873)
Armand Guillaumin (1841-1927)
Impressionism Style
Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     [ Illustration: Today's painting illustrates verse 20 of today's chapter which speaks of the wicked vanishing like smoke. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: Psalm 37 is an acrostic Psalm; (see below for a list). In it, David encourages the righteous to steadfastly trust the LORD in spite of great affliction.
     David tells his readers not to fret (or become heated in spirit) because of evildoers and workers of iniquity because they shall soon be cut down (1-2). He tells them to trust in the LORD, to do good, and they shall dwell in the land and be fed. He tells them to delight themselves (to deeply delight) in the LORD and he will give them the desires of their heart (3-4).
     Also, they should commit their way to the LORD and trust him; and the LORD will bring their desires to pass, and will bring forth their righteousness and win their case for them (5-6).
     Therefore, they should rest (or stand still) patiently for him. And, again, he tells them not to fret (be heated in spirit) when they see someone prospering in wickedness (7).
     They should put away anger, wrath, fretting, and evil-doing. Evildoers will be cut off; but those who wait on the LORD shall inherit the earth (8-9).
     But in a short while the wicked will vanish; and the meek will inherit the earth (10-11).
     The wicked plot against the just and gnash their teeth against them; but the LORD laughs at them because he sees that their day is coming (12-13).
     The wicked get their swords and bows ready to slay the upright; but they are killed with their own weapons (14-15).
     The little which the righteous have is better than the riches of many wicked ones. The arms of the wicked will be broken; but the LORD upholds the righteous (16-17).
     The LORD knows the days of the righteous; and he gives them an eternal inheritance. And they will not be ashamed in evil times; and they will be satisfied in days of famine (18-19).
     But the wicked will perish and will vanish away like smoke (20).
     The wicked borrow but do not repay. However the righteous show mercy and give to others. Those who are blessed by the LORD inherit the earth; but those who are cursed by him are cut off (21-22).
     The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD. And he delights in his way. If he falls, he will not be utterly cast down, because the LORD upholds him with his hand (23-24).
     At this point in the Psalm, David interjects his personal testimony and affirms that from his youth to his old age he had never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. The righteous are always merciful; they always lend; and his seed is blessed (25-26).
     So, says David, depart from evil, do good, and dwell for evermore. The LORD loves judgment and will not forsake his saints. He preserves them forever; but the seed of the wicked perish. The righteous inherit the land and dwell in it foreveer (27-29).
     The righteous speak wisdom and judgment. The law of God is in his heart; and none of his steps slide (30-31).
     The wicked watch the righteous, seeking to slay them. But the LORD will not leave them in their hand, nor will he condemn him when he is judged (32-33).
     Wait on the LORD, says David. Keep his way, and he will cause them to inherit the land; but he will cut off the wicked; and the righteous will see it (34).
     And, again offering his testimony, David says that he has seen the wicked in great power, spreading himself like a green tree, but he passed away and could not be found (35-36).
     So he tells his hearers to mark the perfect and upright man, because his end is peace. But transgressors will be destroyed and cut off (37-38).
     But the righteous will be saved by the LORD. He will be their strength in time of trouble. He will help them and deliver them from the wicked because they trust in him (39-40).

     [ Sermons: Joe Morecraft III. Various. ]

Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


PLEASE NOTE: Use the resources on this and other sites thoughtfully, particularly the commentaries and encyclopedias. I have attempted to list conservative, scholarly resources. However, some providers use liberal or liberal-influenced commentaries such as the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (in Bible Hub). Such commentaries are undoubtedly included by the provider for the wealth of useful information and comments which they provide. By consulting several commentaries, it should be fairly easy to sort out the wheat from the chaff. If, however, you would like personal assistance, write to me at AD LIB ARTS EMAIL.

          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Psalm 37: ACROSTIC PSALMS: Psalm 9. Psalm 10. Psalm 25. Psalm 34. Psalm 37. Psalm 111. Psalm 112. Psalm 119. Psalm 145.].
[1] Proverbs 24:19; Proverbs 3:31; Proverbs 23:16; Proverbs 24:1; Psalm 73:3.
[3] Jeremiah 25:5; Jeremiah 35:15; Isaiah 33:6; Psalm 23:1; Proverbs 15:14.
[5] Psalm 22:8; Proverbs 16:3; Psalm 55:22.
[6] Job 11:17; Isaiah 58:10.
[8] Proverbs 14:23.
[11] Matthew 5:3.
[13] Psalm 2:4; Psalm 137:7; Job 18:20.
[15] Psalm 7:15-16.
[16] Proverbs 15:16; Proverbs 13:25; Job 20:12.
[18] Psalm 1:6.
[23] Proverbs 20:24; Proverbs 16:9.
[28] Psalm 34:14.
[37] Psalm 109:13; Amos 4:2; Amos 9:1.
     -- From Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Psalm 37 - #1. Psalm 37 - #2. Psalm 37 - #3. Psalm 37 - #4. Psalm 37 - #5. Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Psalm Detailed Outline


Deliverance from Sinners and from Sin

Nearly all the Psalms (except Psalm 90) were written during the 612 year period
from the time of David around 1016 B. C. to the close of the Canon in about 404 B. C.
Psalm 90, according to its superscription, was written by Moses; this may have been around 1406 B. C.

PSALMS 1-41.
1016 - 539 B.C. Israel
God is Against the Wicked

Psalm 37
Do not envy evil men, for the meek will inherit the earth.

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

1 A Psalm of David. *

Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass [is doing schemes].


10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider [ponder upon] his place, and it shall not [nothing] be.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.


16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.

18 The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

25 I have been young, and now old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
26 He is ever [all of the day] merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

[Samech]. [Ain].

30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.
31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.
33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not [nothing]: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
40 And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

* NOTE: On Opening and Closing Comments in the Psalms.
[Some commentators take the Psalm in Habakkuk 3 to be a standard model for the Psalms.
Habakkuk's Psalm begins with the name of the composer (Habakkuk) and a musical notation ("upon Shigionoth").
It closes with a dedication or a "send to" notice ("To the chief singer on my stringed instruments").
I have arranged similar material, where it is found in the Psalter, in accord with the model in Habakkuk.]

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