Psalm 37:32 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 37:32, NIV: The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, intent on putting them to death;

Psalm 37:32, ESV: The wicked watches for the righteous and seeks to put him to death.

Psalm 37:32, KJV: The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

Psalm 37:32, NASB: The wicked spies upon the righteous And seeks to kill him.

Psalm 37:32, NLT: The wicked wait in ambush for the godly, looking for an excuse to kill them.

Psalm 37:32, CSB: The wicked one lies in wait for the righteous and intends to kill him;

What does Psalm 37:32 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Personal experience taught David that a sharp conflict exists between the wicked and the righteous. Broadly speaking, conflicts in David's life were between those who honored God and those who did not. David, while imperfect, was known as a man after God's own heart, but he was marked for death by the disobedient King Saul (1 Samuel 13:13–14; Acts 13:22). He observes, from such examples, that the wicked person lies in wait for an opportunity to kill the righteous person (Proverbs 24:15).

The animosity of Judas and Israel's wicked religious leaders toward Jesus also illustrates this truth. Judas, not a believer though one of Jesus' closest companions, conspired to lay a trap allowing Jesus to be captured away from the public eye (Matthew 26:14–16).

In the long-lasting conflict between good and evil, the evil world system under the rule of the Devil (John 14:30) opposes God's righteous people. Jesus told His disciples, "If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you" (John 15:19).