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12 The wicked plot against the righteous,
   and gnash their teeth at them;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
   for he sees that their day is coming.


14 The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows
   to bring down the poor and needy,
   to kill those who walk uprightly;
15 their sword shall enter their own heart,
   and their bows shall be broken.


16 Better is a little that the righteous person has
   than the abundance of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
   but the Lord upholds the righteous.


18 The Lord knows the days of the blameless,
   and their heritage will abide for ever;
19 they are not put to shame in evil times,
   in the days of famine they have abundance.


20 But the wicked perish,
   and the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures;
   they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.


21 The wicked borrow, and do not pay back,
   but the righteous are generous and keep giving;
22 for those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land,
   but those cursed by him shall be cut off.


23 Our steps* are made firm by the Lord,
   when he delights in our* way;
24 though we stumble,* we* shall not fall headlong,
   for the Lord holds us* by the hand.


25 I have been young, and now am old,
   yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
   or their children begging bread.
26 They are ever giving liberally and lending,
   and their children become a blessing.


27 Depart from evil, and do good;
   so you shall abide for ever.
28 For the Lord loves justice;
   he will not forsake his faithful ones.


The righteous shall be kept safe for ever,
   but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land,
   and live in it for ever.

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