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

Psalm 37:37, NIV: Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace.

Psalm 37:37, ESV: Mark the blameless and behold the upright, for there is a future for the man of peace.

Psalm 37:37, KJV: Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

Psalm 37:37, NASB: Observe the blameless person, and look at the upright; For the person of peace will have a future.

Psalm 37:37, NLT: Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.

Psalm 37:37, CSB: Watch the blameless and observe the upright, for the person of peace will have a future.

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

The expression "to mark," as used here, means "to take note of, or to pay special attention to." David's instruction is for the reader or hearer to look at the example of those who are "blameless" and "upright."

"Blameless" does not mean sinlessly perfect. No person, other than Jesus, has ever been or ever will be perfect (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus never thought a sinful thought, nor did He commit a sinful act. But every other human being has sinned and falls short of God's glory (Romans 3:23). Rather, to be blameless means to be "above reproach." Paul told Timothy that a church leader "must be blameless" (1 Timothy 3:2 KJV). If only perfectly sinless men were qualified to be overseers, no church would have an overseer.

In a similar way, those who are upright can be contrasted with those who are crooked (Proverbs 17:20). As do other general statements in Psalms and Proverbs, this verse notes that the morally upright person is more likely to see a peaceful future (Proverbs 9:10–11). The word "future" may imply that his descendants, too, will enjoy peace.

Christians enjoy peace with God (Romans 5:1), and by committing their concerns to God in prayer they can also enjoy the peace of God in their hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7).