Instruction in Wisdom
1Do not be agitated by evildoers;
do not envy those who do wrong.
2For they wither quickly like grass
and wilt like tender green plants.
3Trust in the Lord and do what is good;
dwell in the land and live securely.
4Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
5Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act,
6making your righteousness shine like the dawn,
your justice like the noonday.
7Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for him;
do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way,
by the person who carries out evil plans.
8Refrain from anger and give up your rage;
do not be agitated — it can only bring harm.
9For evildoers will be destroyed,
but those who put their hope in the Lord
will inherit the land.
10A little while, and the wicked person will be no more;
though you look for him, he will not be there.
11But the humble will inherit the land
and will enjoy abundant prosperity.
12The wicked person schemes against the righteous
and gnashes his teeth at him.
13The Lord laughs at him
because he sees that his day is coming.
14The wicked have drawn the sword and strung the bow
to bring down the poor and needy
and to slaughter those whose way is upright.
15Their swords will enter their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
16The little that the righteous person has is better
than the abundance of many wicked people.
17For the arms of the wicked will be broken,
but the Lord supports the righteous.
18The Lord watches over the blameless all their days,
and their inheritance will last forever.
19They will not be disgraced in times of adversity;
they will be satisfied in days of hunger.
20But the wicked will perish;
the Lord’s enemies, like the glory of the pastures,
will fade away —
they will fade away like smoke.
21The wicked person borrows and does not repay,
but the righteous one is gracious and giving.
22Those who are blessed by the Lord will inherit the land,
but those cursed by him will be destroyed.
23A person’s steps are established by the Lord,
and he takes pleasure in his way.
24Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed,
because the Lord supports him with his hand.
25I have been young and now I am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned
or his children begging for bread.
26He is always generous, always lending,
and his children are a blessing.
27Turn away from evil, do what is good,
and settle permanently.
28For the Lord loves justice
and will not abandon his faithful ones.
They are kept safe forever,
but the children of the wicked will be destroyed.
29The righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it permanently.
30The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom;
his tongue speaks what is just.
31The instruction of his God is in his heart;
his steps do not falter.
32The wicked one lies in wait for the righteous
and intends to kill him;
33the Lord will not leave him
in the power of the wicked one
or allow him to be condemned when he is judged.
34Wait for the Lord and keep his way,
and he will exalt you to inherit the land.
You will watch when the wicked are destroyed.
35I have seen a wicked, violent person
well-rooted, like a flourishing native tree.
36Then I passed by and noticed he was gone;
I searched for him, but he could not be found.
37Watch the blameless and observe the upright,
for the person of peace will have a future.
38But transgressors will all be eliminated;
the future of the wicked will be destroyed.
39The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord,
their refuge in a time of distress.
40The Lord helps and delivers them;
he will deliver them from the wicked and will save them
because they take refuge in him.