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Psalm 37:16-18 New English Translation (NET Bible)

16 The little bit that a godly man owns is better than
the wealth of many evil men,[a]
17 for evil men will lose their power,[b]
but the Lord sustains[c] the godly.
18 The Lord watches over the innocent day by day,[d]
and they possess a permanent inheritance.[e]

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 37:16 tn Heb “Better [is] a little to the godly one than the wealth of many evil ones.” The following verses explain why this is true. Though a godly individual may seem to have only meager possessions, he always has what he needs and will eventually possess the land. The wicked may prosper for a brief time, but will eventually be destroyed by divine judgment and lose everything.
  2. Psalm 37:17 tn Heb “for the arms of the evil ones will be broken.”
  3. Psalm 37:17 tn The active participle here indicates this is characteristically true.
  4. Psalm 37:18 tn Heb “the Lord knows the days of the innocent ones.” He “knows” their days in the sense that he is intimately aware of and involved in their daily struggles. He meets their needs and sustains them.
  5. Psalm 37:18 tn Heb “and their inheritance is forever.”
New English Translation (NET)

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