feareth the Lord; that walketh

in his ways.

20 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

21 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like oliveplants round about thy table.

22 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.

¶23 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy, findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

24 The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

25 Those that be planted in the house of the Lord, shall flourish in the courts of our God.

26 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age: they shall be fat and flourishing:

27 To shew that the Lord is upright: he is their rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

LESSON LXXVIII. 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 They shall be as an oak that fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.

4. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.


Lord and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

6 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

7 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgement as the noonday.

8 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.

9 For evil-doers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.


10 For yet a little while and the wicked shall not be yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.

11 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them:

12 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

13 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

14 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

15 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.

16 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

17 The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their 5 Delight thyself also in the inheritance shall be for ever.

18 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

19 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

20 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

21 And the afflicted he will save: but his eyes are upon the haughty, that he may bring them down.

22 I have been young, and now am old: yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

23 He is ever merciful and lendeth: and his seed is blessed.

24 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

25 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom; and his tongue talketh of judgement.

26 The law of his God is in his heart, none of his steps shall slide.

27 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

28 The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

29 For the Lord loveth judgement, and forsaketh not his saints, they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

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and his commandments and his judgements and his testimonies, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself.

32 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.

¶33 I have seen the wicked in great power; and spreading himself like a green bay-tree:

34 Yet he passed away, and lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

35 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace.

36 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together, the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

37 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord, he is their strength in the time of trouble.

38 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them because they trust in him.


TRULY God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had wellnigh slipped.

3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.

5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.

6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.

7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.

8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression; they speak loftily.

9. They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.

10 Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.

11 And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the Most High?

12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world, they increase in riches.

13 Verily, I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.

14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.

15 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; 16 Until I went into the sanctuary of God: then understood I their end.

17 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places; thou castedst them down into destruction,

18 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with


19 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou

awakest, thou shalt despise their image.

20 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.

21 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.

¶22 O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.

23 A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.

24 When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:

25 But thou, Lord, art most high for evermore.

26 Do good, O Lord, unto those that be good and unto them that are upright in their hearts.

27 As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the Lord shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity.

28 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.


BEHOLD, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.

2 Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.

3 Thou lovest evil more than good and lying rather than to speak righteousness.

4 Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.

5 God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling-place, and root thee out of the land of the living.

6 The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him.

7 Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength: but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

8 But I am like a green olivetree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

9 I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name, for it is good before thy saints.


THE fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

2 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish. 3 The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

4 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.

5 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.

6 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that

soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

7 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil, pursueth it to his own death.

8 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

9 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.


10 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.

11 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.

12 The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

14 A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

15 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

16 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repaid.

17 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.


18 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

19 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the

tabernacle of the upright shall famish: but he casteth away


20 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

21 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.

22 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

23 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.

24 In the way of righteousness is life, and in the path-way thereof there is no death.

25 The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

26 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

27 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

28 The Lord will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

29 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.

30 The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him: but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.

31 The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to

the substance of the wicked. 32 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

33 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.

34 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.

35 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

36 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life: and he that winneth souls is wise.

37 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

38 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

39 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

40 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the Lord: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.

41 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

42 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.

43 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.

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