1Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; *
do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
2For they shall soon wither like the grass, *
and like the green grass fade away.
3Put your trust in the LORD and do good; *
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
4Take delight in the LORD, *
and he shall give you your heart’s desire.
5Commit your way to the LORD and put your trust in him, *
and he will bring it to pass.
6He will make your righteousness as clear as the light *
and your just dealing as the noonday.
7Be still before the LORD *
and wait patiently for him.
8Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, *
the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
9Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; *
do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.
10For evildoers shall be cut off, *
but those who wait upon the LORD shall possess the land.
11In a little while the wicked shall be no more; *
you shall search out their place, but they will not be there.
12But the lowly shall possess the land; *
they will delight in abundance of peace.
13The wicked plot against the righteous *
and gnash at them with their teeth.
14The Lord laughs at the wicked, *
because he sees that their day will come.
15The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow
to strike down the poor and needy, *
to slaughter those who are upright in their ways.
16Their sword shall go through their own heart, *
and their bow shall be broken.
17The little that the righteous has *
is better than great riches of the wicked.
18For the power of the wicked shall be broken, *
but the LORD upholds the righteous.
A Collect for the Renewal of Life
O God, the King eternal, who divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness while it was day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.