God Laughs at the Wicked: What Does Psalm 37:13 Mean?


Psalm 37:13, reads, “The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.” King James Version (KJV)

TranslationPsalm 37:13
ESVbut the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.
NASBThe Lord laughs at him, For He sees his day is coming.
NIVbut the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.
NLTBut the Lord just laughs, for he sees their day of judgment coming.

God Laughs at the Wicked: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

37:7-20 Let us be satisfied that God will make all to work for good to us. Let us not discompose ourselves at what we see in this world.

A fretful, discontented spirit is open to many temptations. For, in all respects, the little which is allotted to the righteous, is more comfortable and more profitable than the ill-gotten and abused riches of ungodly men. It comes from a hand of special love.

God provides plentifully and well, not only for his working servants, but for his waiting servants. They have that which is better than wealth, peace of mind, peace with God, and then peace in God; that peace which the world cannot give, and which the world cannot have.

God knows the believer’s days. Not one day’s work shall go unrewarded. Their time on earth is reckoned by days, which will soon be numbered; but heavenly happiness shall be for ever.

This will be a real support to believers in evil times. Those that rest on the Rock of ages, have no reason to envy the wicked the support of their broken reeds.

Psalm 37:13 | Pulpit Bible Commentary

Verse 13. – The Lord shall laugh at him (comp. Psalm 2:4; Psalm 59:8; and see the comment on the former passage). For he seeth that his day is coming; i.e. God sees that the day of the wicked man’s visitation is approaching (see above, vers. 2, 9, 10; and comp. 1 Samuel 26:10). Psalm 37:13

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