Fret Not Thyself — Psalm 37

Fret Not Thyself (Ps 37)

Fret not thyself, nor envious be,
when wicked workers thou shalt see,
who prosper in their way;
for like the grass they perish soon,
and, like the herb cut down at noon,
they wither in a day,
they wither in a day.

Trust in the LORD and still do well,
within the land securely dwell,
feed on His faithfulness;
delight thee also in the LORD,
and to thy heart He will accord
the good it would possess,
the good it would possess.

Yea, to the LORD thy way is known;
confide in Him who on the throne
abides in pow’r divine;
thy righteousness He shall display;
resplendent as the light of day,
it shall unclouded shine,
it shall unclouded shine.

Rest in the Lord and be thou still,
with patience wait His holy will,
enduring to the end.
Fret not tho’ sinners’ gains increase;
forsake thy wrath, from anger cease;
it will to evil tend,
it will to evil tend.

Yea, thou shalt soon consider well
the place where they were wont to dwell,
and it shall not be found;
but saints shall all the land possess,
and find delight and happiness
where fruits of peace abound,
where fruits of peace abound.

He knows the days the perfect live,
to them a heritage will give
which ever shall abide;
in evil times no shame they know,
and in the days of famine’s woe 
they shall be satisfied,
they shall be satisfied.

The good man’s steps are led aright,
his way is pleasing in GOD’s sight,
established it shall stand;
he shall not perish though he fall,
the mighty LORD who rules o’er all
upholds him with His hand,
upholds him with His hand.

Though I am old who young have been,
no saint have I forsaken seen,
nor yet his home in need;
he ever lends in gracious ways,
his life true charity displays,
his sons are blest indeed,
his sons are blest indeed.

Depart from evil, do thou well,
and evermore securely dwell;
Jehovah loves the right.
His faithfulness His saints have proved,
forever they shall stand unmoved,
but sinners God will smite,
but sinners God will smite.

The righteous, through His favoring hand,
shall yet inherit all the land,
and dwell therein for aye;
he talks of wisdom and of right,
in God’s pure law is his delight,
his steps go not astray, his steps go not astray.

—The Psalter, 1912

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