The Lord knows the days of the godly, *
and their inheritance shall endure for ever.
They shall not be confounded in perilous times, *
and in the days of famine they shall have enough.
As for the ungodly, they shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be consumed as in a fiery furnace; *
even as smoke shall they vanish away.
The ungodly borrow and do not repay, *
but the righteous are merciful and generous.
Those who are blessed by God shall possess the land, *
but those who are cursed by him shall be rooted out.
The Lord orders a man’s steps; *
he makes his footsteps sure and preserves him on his path.
Though he fall, he shall not be cast down, *
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
I have been young, and now I am old, *
yet I never saw the righteous forsaken, nor his children begging bread.
The righteous is ever merciful in lending, *
and his seed shall be blessed.
Flee from evil, and do that which is good, *
and dwell in the land for ever.
For the Lord loves that which is right; *
he forsakes not those who are godly, and they are preserved for ever.
The unrighteous shall be punished; *
as for the seed of the ungodly, it shall be rooted out.
The righteous shall inherit the land *
and dwell therein for ever.
The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, *
and his tongue talks of judgment.
The law of his God is in his heart, *
and his footsteps shall not falter.
The ungodly lie in wait for the righteous *
and seek occasion to slay him.
The Lord will not leave him in their hand, *
nor allow him to be condemned when he is judged.
Hope in the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt you so that you shall possess the land; *
when the ungodly perish, you shall see it.
I myself have seen the ungodly in great power, *
and flourishing like a tree in full leaf.
I went by, and behold, they were gone; *
I sought them, but their place could nowhere be found.
Mark the blameless, and take heed of the upright, *
for there is a future for the peaceable.
As for the transgressors, they shall perish together, *
and the end of the ungodly is that they shall be rooted out at the last.
But the salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord, *
who is also their strength in the time of trouble;
And the Lord shall stand by them and save them; *
he shall deliver them from the ungodly and shall save them, because they put their trust in him.