Psalm 37:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 37:17, NIV: for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.

Psalm 37:17, ESV: For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.

Psalm 37:17, KJV: For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.

Psalm 37:17, NASB: For the arms of the wicked will be broken, But the LORD sustains the righteous.

Psalm 37:17, NLT: For the strength of the wicked will be shattered, but the LORD takes care of the godly.

Psalm 37:17, CSB: For the arms of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord supports the righteous.

What does Psalm 37:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David completes a thought from the prior verse (Psalm 37:16). In Hebrew, much as in English, the term for "arm" is also used to imply weapons, or military forces. On a personal level, "arms" are representative of a person's strength. David is pointing out that not only will the weapons of the wicked fail, but their strength will collapse, as well. The strength of the wicked is no match for the strength of God (Isaiah 14:27).

When Moses blessed the tribe of Asher, he predicted, "as your days, so shall your strength be" (Deuteronomy 33:25). In blessing the tribes of Israel, Moses said, "The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms" (Deuteronomy 33:27). Believers may not be physically strong throughout their lifetime (2 Corinthians 12:10), but the Lord will always uphold them and wrap His arms around them. The Lord promises in Isaiah 41:10: "I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."