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  • Psalm Thirty Seven
    Verses 21-40

    Evil men borrow, but never repay,
    Good men show kindness, and freely give.
    Such who are blessed by God will inherit the earth,
    those who turn away from God will fade away.
    The steps of a good man are directed by the Lord,
    and the man who follows will delight in what he finds.
    Even when he falls, he will not remain down,
    for God will lift him up, and set him on the path.

    I was once young and I am now old,
    in all my years, I have never seen the righteous denied,
    I have never seen their children begging to survive,
    for as the righteous man gives freely of his gifts,
    so his children are blessed by his giving.

    Walk away from evil and choose to do good,
    and you will have life eternal,
    for God loves those who follow His teachings,
    and He will not forget His saints,
    the righteous are protected forever,
    but the children of evil will vanish away.

    The righteous will inherit the earth,
    they will live on through vast generations.
    Righteous men give wisdom to their children,
    and live their lives as examples.
    A righteous man knows the words of the Lord in his heart
    his path will always follow the words of the Lord.

    Evil men envy and covet all that a righteous man has,
    they seek to kill him and steal his possessions,
    but God will not allow his children to be taken by them,
    God will know his righteousness and protect him.

    Wait on the Lord, and keep his commandments,
    and He will be true to his promises,
    you will inherit the land, you will witness the fall of evil men.
    I have seen the rise of evil men to power,
    I have seen evil spread out like clouds,
    yet where are they now? They are a distant memory.

    Good men who follow moral principle live on,
    but evil men are destroyed. Their children will die in shame.

    The Lord will give salvation to a righteous man,
    He is their strength, He is their protection.
    The Lord will help them and bring them safety,
    for they have trusted in the Lord.

    No one wants to admit they are wrong. Our psyches just won't allow it. There's a little voice in our heads that wants to justify our actions, so we look to our reasoning and begin to formulate complicated explanations to show others how right we were.

    Adam was the first recorded person who did this. God knows he has eaten of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, but when he confronts Adam, he blames it on Eve and God. "It was the woman you made for me who is responsible for this." [Genesis 3:12, paraphrased]

    I am sure Hitler had someone to blame for his actions. Stalin, Amin, Bin Laden, all men of evil who chose a path they knew was wrong, yet could not correct themselves. They were truly evil men who rose to great power. But where are they now?

    Since all of them are gone, and all have stood before God in an accounting for their sins, I am convinced of where they are. I assure you, it is not a pleasant place to be. As to their families, you don't hear a lot about them. They are shamed by the actions of their fathers. Within a few generations of their deaths, their names were all but forgotten. We hold them up as examples of who not to be.

    Life is basically a continuous twelve step program, and the only way to recover is to take that first step. We have to admit we are wrong.

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