God Will Reward Fairly
1Don’t be upset because of evil people.
Don’t be jealous of those who do wrong,
2because like the grass, they will soon dry up.
Like green plants, they will soon die away.
3Trust the LORD and do good.
Live in the land and feed on truth.
4Enjoy serving the LORD,
and he will give you what you want.
5Depend on the LORD;
trust him, and he will take care of you.
6Then your goodness will shine like the sun,
and your fairness like the noonday sun.
7Wait and trust the LORD.
Don’t be upset when others get rich
or when someone else’s plans succeed.
8Don’t get angry.
Don’t be upset; it only leads to trouble.
9Evil people will be sent away,
but those who trust the LORD will inherit the land.
10In a little while the wicked will be no more.
You may look for them, but they will be gone.
11People who are not proud will inherit the land
and will enjoy complete peace.
12The wicked make evil plans against good people.
They grind their teeth at them in anger.
13But the Lord laughs at the wicked,
because he sees that their day is coming.
14The wicked draw their swords
and bend their bows
to kill the poor and helpless,
to kill those who are honest.
15But their swords will stab their own hearts,
and their bows will break.
16It is better to have little and be right
than to have much and be wrong.
17The power of the wicked will be broken,
but the LORD supports those who do right.
18The LORD watches over the lives of the innocent,
and their reward will last forever.
19They will not be ashamed when trouble comes.
They will be full in times of hunger.
20But the wicked will die.
The LORD’S enemies will be like the flowers of the fields;
they will disappear like smoke.
21The wicked borrow and don’t pay back,
but those who do right give freely to others.
22Those whom the LORD blesses will inherit the land,
but those he curses will be sent away.
23When a person’s steps follow the LORD,
God is pleased with his ways.
24If he stumbles, he will not fall,
because the LORD holds his hand.
25I was young, and now I am old,
but I have never seen good people left helpless
or their children begging for food.
26Good people always lend freely to others,
and their children are a blessing.
27Stop doing evil and do good,
so you will live forever.
28The LORD loves justice
and will not leave those who worship him.
He will always protect them,
but the children of the wicked will die.
29Good people will inherit the land
and will live in it forever.
30A good person speaks with wisdom,
and he says what is fair.
31The teachings of his God are in his heart,
so he does not fail to keep them.
32The wicked watch for good people
so that they may kill them.
33But the LORD will not take away his protection
or let good people be judged guilty.
34Wait for the LORD’S help
and follow him.
He will honor you and give you the land,
and you will see the wicked sent away.
35I saw a wicked and cruel man
who looked strong like a healthy tree in good soil.
36But he died and was gone;
I looked for him, but he couldn’t be found.
37Think of the innocent person,
and watch the honest one.
The man who has peace
will have children to live after him.
38But sinners will be destroyed;
in the end the wicked will die.
39The LORD saves good people;
he is their strength in times of trouble.
40The LORD helps them and saves them;
he saves them from the wicked,
because they trust in him for protection.
Title: The Holy Bible, New Century Version
Trusting Money Is Foolish
FOR THE DIRECTOR OF MUSIC. A PSALM OF THE SONS OF KORAH.
1Listen to this, all you nations;
listen, all you who live on earth.
2Listen, both great and small,
rich and poor together.
3What I say is wise,
and my heart speaks with understanding.
4I will pay attention to a wise saying;
I will explain my riddle on the harp.
5Why should I be afraid of bad days?
Why should I fear when evil men surround me?
6They trust in their money
and brag about their riches.
7No one can buy back the life of another.
No one can pay God for his own life,
8because the price of a life is high.
No payment is ever enough.
9Do people live forever?
Don’t they all face death?
10See, even wise people die.
Fools and stupid people also die
and leave their wealth to others.
11Their graves will always be their homes.
They will live there from now on,
even though they named places after themselves.
12Even rich people do not live forever;
like the animals, people die.
13This is what will happen to those who trust in themselves
and to their followers who believe them.
14Like sheep, they must die,
and death will be their shepherd.
Honest people will rule over them in the morning,
and their bodies will rot in a grave far from home.
15But God will save my life
and will take me from the grave.
16Don’t be afraid of rich people
because their houses are more beautiful.
17They don’t take anything to the grave;
their wealth won’t go down with them.
18Even though they were praised when they were alive—
and people may praise you when you succeed—
19they will go to where their ancestors are.
They will never see light again.
20Rich people with no understanding
are just like animals that die.
Title: The Holy Bible, New Century Version
Safe in the Lord
1Those who go to God Most High for safety
will be protected by the Almighty.
2I will say to the LORD, “You are my place of safety and protection.
You are my God and I trust you.”
3God will save you from hidden traps
and from deadly diseases.
4He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you can hide.
His truth will be your shield and protection.
5You will not fear any danger by night
or an arrow during the day.
6You will not be afraid of diseases that come in the dark
or sickness that strikes at noon.
7At your side one thousand people may die,
or even ten thousand right beside you,
but you will not be hurt.
8You will only watch
and see the wicked punished.
9The LORD is your protection;
you have made God Most High your place of safety.
10Nothing bad will happen to you;
no disaster will come to your home.
11He has put his angels in charge of you
to watch over you wherever you go.
12They will catch you in their hands
so that you will not hit your foot on a rock.
13You will walk on lions and cobras;
you will step on strong lions and snakes.
14The LORD says, “Whoever loves me, I will save.
I will protect those who know me.
15They will call to me, and I will answer them.
I will be with them in trouble;
I will rescue them and honor them.
16I will give them a long, full life,
and they will see how I can save.”