"The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 174

Context: The righteous man is cautioned not to be envious if the wicked prosper, because in time evildoers will fade as the grass after its season. The poet points out that the land is promised to those who trust in God. The godly man is to take delight in the Lord and He will grant him his desires. When the psalmist urges that the faithful rest in the Lord, he implies that there is relief from worry and bother and that relaxation follows when one trusts in God. Even though the wicked man succeeds, the righteous man is not to become angry and depressed for in the end those who serve God will inherit the earth. (In his Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:5, Christ says "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.")

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For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

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