“Be still before YHVH and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!”
Damam – Be still – This word, when taken back to ancient Hebrew, is almost disturbing. The concept of flowing blood and the color red are closely connected to this word. Why? Because when an animal’s red blood is shed, it becomes still and silent. I immediately think of the concept of dying to self.
Khool – Wait patiently – Okay, this word really threw me. When you go back to the ancient Hebrew, the idea of waiting patiently doesn’t exist. Rather you find first the idea of drilling a hole, then piercing, then pain and sickness, then twisting and dancing (like the drill.) Then it occurred to me that we might be experiencing pain, sickness, an unsettled, whirling spirit. At that moment we are to wait.
Kha rah – Fret – This word means to burn, even to the point of anger.
Tsalach – Prosper – This word means to move forward or advance.
Ra a – Evil – to remove the function or purpose of an object or person.
Now, here’s this verse in my own words. It may look a bit different.