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Psalm 37 (Part 6) - Psa 37:9-12 - The Wicked Plot Against the Just and Shall Be Cut Off

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For the outline and the rest of the Bible studies in this series, click here: Psalm 37

To listen to or watch the previous Bible study in the series, click here: Part 5
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9. Psa 37:9 - "For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth."
A. The reason to not fret because of the wicked, to cease from anger, and to not do evil is given in this verse: evildoers shall be cut off.
i. To be cut off means to be put to death.
a. Cut v. - 56. cut off. a. trans. To cut so as to take off; to detach by cutting (something material). d. To put to death (suddenly or prematurely), to bring to an untimely end. 1611 Bible 1 Sam. xx. 15 When the Lord hath cut off the enemies of Dauid.
b. The scripture defines it as such (Gen 9:11; Exo 31:14).
ii. The wicked will be cut down like the grass (Psa 37:2; Jer 48:2).
iii. The wicked will be destroyed by God (Psa 37:38).
iv. They will be brought into desolation (Psa 73:17-19).
B. But those that wait upon the LORD will inherit the earth.
i. Whereas the wicked will be cut off from the earth, the upright shall dwell in the land (Pro 2:21-22).
ii. God will deliver the righteous from evildoers (Jer 20:13).
iii. If we wait upon the LORD, He will save us (Pro 20:22) and will renew our strength (Isa 40:31; Psa 27:14).
iv. If we will but wait on the LORD and keep His way, we will inherit the land and will see the wicked cut off (Psa 37:34).

10. Psa 37:10 - "For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be."
A. The wicked have but a short time on this earth, and the more wicked they are, the shorter their time is likely to be.
B. Wicked men shall not live out half their days (Psa 55:23; Job 36:13-14).
C. Evil men are only exalted for a little while before they are brought low and cut off (Job 24:13-24; Jer 51:33).
D. In "a little while" we will look at the place of the wicked and it will no longer be.

11. Psa 37:11 - "But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace."
A. Meek adj. - 1. a. Gentle, courteous, kind. Of a superior: Merciful, compassionate, indulgent. b. As connoting a Christian virtue: Free from haughtiness and self-will; piously humble and submissive; patient and unresentful under injury and reproach. c. Submissive, humble
B. Whereas the wicked will be cut off, the meek will inherit the earth (Mat 5:5).
i. They will inherit the new earth (Rev 21:1,7; Rev 22:3-4).
ii. The wicked will inherit the lake of fire (Rev 21:8).
C. The meek will delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
i. When we keep our minds stayed on God on not on the wicked, we will have an abundance of peace (Isa 26:3-4).
ii. When we cast our cares upon the LORD instead of fretting about the wicked, the peace of God will keep our hearts and minds (Php 4:6-7; 1Sa 1:6,15-18).
iii. The end of the upright and perfect man (the meek) is peace (Psa 37:37).

12. Psa 37:12 - "The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth."
A. There are conspiracies in this world against the righteous.
i. Plot v. - 3. a. To plan, contrive, or devise (something to be carried out or accomplished); to lay plans for. Now always in evil sense.
ii. The wicked devise evil against their neighbors (Pro 3:29; Pro 14:22; Pro 16:30).
iii. They lie awake at night scheming about the violence and oppression they plan to do in the morning (Mic 2:1-2).
iv. David experienced the wicked plotting against him and other innocent people (Psa 35:19-20; Psa 41:7).
v. Solomon warned his son about wicked men who plot to do evil against the innocent (Pro 1:10-19).
vi. Paul had wicked men plot against him (Act 23:12-15).
vii. The chief example of the wicked plotting against the just was when the leaders of the Jews, the Romans, and the Jewish people conspired to murder the Lord Jesus Christ (Psa 2:1-3 c/w Act 4:25-27).
B. The wicked gnash upon the righteous with their teeth.
i. Gnash v. - 1. intr. To strike together or ‘grind’ the teeth, esp. from rage or anguish. Also with against, on, upon. Said also of the teeth.
ii. They did it to Job (Job 16:9).
iii. They did it to David (Psa 35:16).
iv. They did it to Israel (Lam 2:16).
v. They did it to Stephen (Act 7:54).
vi. One day though, they will be doing it to themselves in hell (Psa 112:10; Mat 8:12; Mat 13:42,50; Mat 22:13; Mat 24:51; Luk 13:28).
vii. "Dr. Ian Paisley, the fiery Irish cleric and politician was reported to have been preaching one Sunday on the End Times - and in particular on the Day of Judgement. As he reached the climax of his address he said that on the Day of Judgement "there would be wailing and gnashing of teeth”. At which point an old woman put up her hand and said “Dr. Paisley, I have no teeth.” Paisley replied “Madam, teeth will be provided” (Sermon Central)." (Ian Paisley - “Teeth will be provided”, www.family-times.net)