Psalm 37:28 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 37:28, NIV: For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed; the offspring of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 37:28, ESV: For the LORD loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.

Psalm 37:28, KJV: For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

Psalm 37:28, NASB: For the LORD loves justice And does not abandon His godly ones; They are protected forever, But the descendants of the wicked will be eliminated.

Psalm 37:28, NLT: For the LORD loves justice, and he will never abandon the godly. He will keep them safe forever, but the children of the wicked will die.

Psalm 37:28, CSB: For the Lord loves justice and will not abandon his faithful ones. They are kept safe forever, but the children of the wicked will be destroyed.

What does Psalm 37:28 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Keeping with the theme of God's perspective on good and evil (Psalm 37:27), David reminds the reader of the Lord's love of justice and His faithfulness to the righteous. Because He is good and loves what is right, we can trust Him to do the right thing in every time and every situation. He will never abandon the righteous. Even in times of hardship (John 16:33; Psalm 34:19), God is with His people.

Hebrews 13:5 encourages believers not to be discouraged about what we have, for that very reason. God promises to keep those who come to Him in faith, with an absolute guarantee (John 10:28). When Peter described the inheritance of the Lord's people as being kept in heaven for them, he also described the Lord's people as being guarded by God's power through faith (1 Peter 1:4–5).

In contrast, the God who loves justice will not allow the wicked and their children to endure. This verse says they will be cut off; this is a reference to utter destruction. Those who do evil in the world can usually expect to suffer the natural consequences of that sin (Romans 1:24–28; Isaiah 14:22). That leads to ruin both for them and the descendants they teach to follow in their footsteps (Exodus 34:6–7).