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Psalm 37 (Delight yourself in the Lord)
Psalms 37:1-6
Practice for First/Second Pass for Phrasing
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Published January 12th, 2021; Updated January 12th, 2021
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37:1 - Not sure, due to the semi-colon. It seems like a seperate idea for 1c, where "be not envious" is the verb and "wrongdoers" is the subject. 37:3 - Semi-Colon is confusing, but they feel like two separate ideas, thus two main phrases. 37:4 - Does this make sense as a main phrase, since it doesn't seem to stand on its own 37:6 - Is this correct? I feel like 'bring forth' is the verb, and 'your righteousness' is the subject. 'Your justice' seems to be in the same category, but how do we pull out the two 'as...' statements.
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Psalms 37:1-6
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Fret not yourself
because of evildoers;
be not envious
of wrongdoers!
For they will soon fade
like the grass
and wither like the green herb.
Trust
in the Lord,
and do good;
dwell in the land
and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself
in the Lord,
and he will give you
the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him,
and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness
as the light,
and your justice
as the noonday.
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William Ieong
Thank you for the feedback!
Brent Karding
You're welcome!
Brent Karding
He will bring forth your righteousness
The subject of a verb is the one doing the action of the verb (or receiving the action, if it is a passive verb). So "he" is the subject of "will bring forth." "Righteousness" is the direct object of "will bring forth," so you're correct that "he will bring forth your righteousness" should all stay together.

"Your justice" is part of a conjunction phrase, so "and your justice" should be on its own line. But you're correct that it is also functioning as the direct object of "will bring forth." You can show this with a list: indent "your righteousness" within its own line, and then make "and your justice" coordinate with it on a new line. Then you will have a gap after "will bring forth," followed by two direct objects on separate lines, but lined up coordinate with each other.

"As the light" shouldn't be extracted, but just divided in the above scenario.
Brent Karding
trust in him,
5b should be coordinate to 5a. There are two verbs, two commands: "commit" and "trust."

This is the same as making 1a and c coordinate, which I like. I'd advise making 2a and 2c coordinate, as well as 3a-b and 3c-d. ("In the Lord" should be divided from 3a.)
Brent Karding
and he will give you
4c can't be subordinate to 4b, because it isn't modifying "in" or "the Lord." It is giving the result of delighting in the Lord, and so is subordinate to 4a and coordinate to 4b.
Brent Karding
Delight yourself
Yes, this is a good main phrase. It is the main verb. It sounds incomplete without "in the Lord," of course, but "in the Lord" is a prepositional phrase, so you were correct to divide it.
Brent Karding
where "be not envious" is the verb and "wrongdoers" is the subject.
"Wrongdoers" isn't the subject - it's part of an "of" phrase, a genitive phrase. The subject is an understood "you": "don't you be envious...."
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