Psalm 37:3-40 and Sirach 2:1-11
3Trust in Yahweh, and do good.
Dwell in the land, and enjoy safe pasture.
4Also delight yourself in Yahweh,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5Commit your way to Yahweh.
Trust also in him, and he will do this:
6he will make your righteousness go out as the light,
and your justice as the noon day sun.
7Rest in Yahweh, and wait patiently for him.
Don’t fret because of him who prospers in his way,
because of the man who makes wicked plots happen.
8Cease from anger, and forsake wrath.
Don’t fret, it leads only to evildoing.
9For evildoers shall be cut off,
but those who wait for Yahweh shall inherit the land.
10For yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more.
Yes, though you look for his place, he isn’t there.
11But the humble shall inherit the land,
and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12The wicked plots against the just,
and gnashes at him with his teeth.
13The Lord will laugh at him,
for he sees that his day is coming.
14The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow,
to cast down the poor and needy,
to kill those who are upright on the path.
15Their sword shall enter into their own heart.
Their bows shall be broken.
16Better is a little that the righteous has,
than the abundance of many wicked.
17For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
but Yahweh upholds the righteous.
18Yahweh knows the days of the perfect.
Their inheritance shall be forever.
19They shall not be disappointed in the time of evil.
In the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
20But the wicked shall perish.
The enemies of Yahweh shall be like the beauty of the fields.
They will vanish--
vanish like smoke.
21The wicked borrow, and don’t pay back,
but the righteous give generously.
22For such as are blessed by him shall inherit the land.
Those who are cursed by him shall be cut off.
23A man’s goings are established by Yahweh.
He delights in his way.
24Though he stumble, he shall not fall,
for Yahweh holds him up with his hand.
25I have been young, and now am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
nor his children begging for bread.
26All day long he deals graciously, and lends.
His offspring is blessed.
27Depart from evil, and do good.
Live securely forever.
28For Yahweh loves justice,
and doesn’t forsake his saints.
They are preserved forever,
but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
29The righteous shall inherit the land,
and live in it forever.
30The mouth of the righteous talks of wisdom.
His tongue speaks justice.
31The law of his God is in his heart.
None of his steps shall slide.
32The wicked watches the righteous,
and seeks to kill him.
33Yahweh will not leave him in his hand,
nor condemn him when he is judged.
34Wait for Yahweh, and keep his way,
and he will exalt you to inherit the land.
When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
35I have seen the wicked in great power,
spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil.
36But he passed away, and behold, he was not.
Yes, I sought him, but he could not be found.
37Mark the perfect man, and see the upright,
for there is a future for the man of peace.
38As for transgressors, they shall be destroyed together.
The future of the wicked shall be cut off.
39But the salvation of the righteous is from Yahweh.
He is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
40Yahweh helps them, and rescues them.
He rescues them from the wicked, and saves them,
Because they have taken refuge in him.
1 Son, when you apply yourself to the service of God, stand in justice and in fear, and prepare your soul for temptation.
2 Humble your heart, and persevere. Incline your ear, and accept words of understanding. And you should not hurry away in the time of distress.
3 Endure steadfastly for God. Join yourself to God, and persevere, so that your life may increase in the very end.
4 Accept everything that will happened to you, and persevere in your sorrow, and have patience in your humiliation.
5 For gold and silver are tested in fire, yet truly, acceptable men are tested in the furnace of humiliation.
6 Believe God, and he will restore you to health. And straighten your way, and hope in him. Observe his fear, and grow old in it.
7 You who fear the Lord, wait for his mercy. And do not turn away from him, lest you fall.
8 You who fear the Lord, believe in him. And your reward will not be taken away.
9 You who fear the Lord, hope in him. And mercy will approach you, to your delight.
10 You who fear the Lord, love him. And your hearts will be illuminated.
11 My sons, consider the nations of men, and know that not one of them hoped in the Lord and was confounded.
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