1 Fret not because of evildoers; ♦
be not jealous of those who do wrong.
2 For they shall soon wither like grass ♦
and like the green herb fade away.
3 Trust in the Lord and be doing good; ♦
dwell in the land and be nourished with truth.
4 Let your delight be in the Lord ♦
and he will give you your heart’s desire.
5 Commit your way to the Lord and put your trust in him, ♦
and he will bring it to pass.
6 He will make your righteousness as clear as the light ♦
and your just dealing as the noonday.
7 Be still before the Lord and wait for him; ♦
do not fret over those that prosper
as they follow their evil schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and abandon wrath; ♦
do not fret, lest you be moved to do evil.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off, ♦
but those who wait upon the Lord shall possess the land.
10 Yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; ♦
you will search for their place and find them gone.
11 But the lowly shall possess the land ♦
and shall delight in abundance of peace.
12 The wicked plot against the righteous ♦
and gnash at them with their teeth.
13 The Lord shall laugh at the wicked, ♦
for he sees that their day is coming.
14 The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow
to strike down the poor and needy, ♦
to slaughter those who walk in truth.
15 Their sword shall go through their own heart ♦
and their bows shall be broken.
16 The little that the righteous have ♦
is better than great riches of the wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, ♦
but the Lord upholds the righteous.
18 The Lord knows the days of the godly, ♦
and their inheritance shall stand for ever.
19 They shall not be put to shame in the perilous time, ♦
and in days of famine they shall have enough.
20 But the wicked shall perish;
like the glory of the meadows
the enemies of the Lord shall vanish; ♦
they shall vanish like smoke.
21 The wicked borrow and do not repay, ♦
but the righteous are generous in giving.
22 For those who are blest by God shall possess the land, ♦
but those who are cursed by him shall be rooted out.
23 When your steps are guided by the Lord ♦
and you delight in his way,
24 Though you stumble, you shall not fall headlong, ♦
for the Lord holds you fast by the hand.
25 I have been young and now am old, ♦
yet never have I seen the righteous forsaken,
or their children begging their bread.
26 All the day long they are generous in lending, ♦
and their children also shall be blest.
27 Depart from evil and do good ♦
and you shall abide for ever.
28 For the Lord loves the thing that is right ♦
and will not forsake his faithful ones.
29 The unjust shall be destroyed for ever, ♦
and the offspring of the wicked shall be rooted out.
30 The righteous shall possess the land ♦
and dwell in it for ever.
31 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, ♦
and their tongue speaks the thing that is right.
32 The law of their God is in their heart ♦
and their footsteps shall not slide.
33 The wicked spy on the righteous ♦
and seek occasion to slay them.
34 The Lord will not leave them in their hand, ♦
nor let them be condemned when they are judged.
35 Wait upon the Lord and keep his way; ♦
he will raise you up to possess the land,
and when the wicked are uprooted, you shall see it.
36 I myself have seen the wicked in great power ♦
and flourishing like a tree in full leaf.
37 I went by and lo, they were gone; ♦
I sought them, but they could nowhere be found.
38 Keep innocence and heed the thing that is right, ♦
for that will bring you peace at the last.
39 But the sinners shall perish together, ♦
and the posterity of the wicked shall be rooted out.
40 The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; ♦
he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
41 The Lord shall stand by them and deliver them; ♦
he shall deliver them from the wicked and shall save them,
because they have put their trust in him.
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included here,
is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2000 and published by Church House Publishing.