Psalms 731 A Psalm of Asaph. ▼ Surely God is good to Israel, Even to such as are pure in heart. ▼
▼ 1) Or Only good is God2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; My steps had well nigh slipped. 3 For I was envious at the ▼ arrogant, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked. ▼
▼ 1) Or fools4 For there are no pangs in their death; But their strength is firm. 5 They are not ▼ in trouble as other men; Neither are they plagued like other men. ▼
▼ 1) Heb in the trouble of men6 Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck; Violence covereth them as a garment. 7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: ▼ They have more than heart could wish. ▼
▼ 1) Or The imaginations of their heart overflow.8 They scoff, and in wickedness utter oppression: They speak ▼ loftily. ▼
▼ 1) Or from on high9 They have set their mouth ▼ in the heavens, And their tongue walketh through the earth. ▼
▼ 1) Or against10 Therefore ▼ his people return hither: And waters of a full cup are drained by them. ▼
▼ 1) Another reading is he will bring back his people11 And they say, How doth God know? And is there knowledge in the Most High? 12 Behold, these are the wicked; And, being alway at ease, they increase in riches. 13 Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart, And washed my hands in innocency; 14 For all the day long have I been plagued, And ▼ chastened every morning. ▼
▼ 1) Heb my chastisement was15 If I had said, I will speak thus; Behold, I had dealt treacherously with the generation of thy children. 16 When I thought how I might know this, It was ▼ too painful for me; ▼
▼ 1) Heb labor in mine eyes17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God, And considered their latter end. 18 Surely thou settest them in slippery places: Thou castest them down to ▼ destruction. ▼
▼ 1) Heb ruins19 How are they become a desolation in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors. 20 As a dream when one awaketh, So, O Lord, ▼ when thou awakest, thou wilt despise their image. ▼
▼ 1) Or in the city21 For my soul ▼ was grieved, And I was pricked in my ▼
▼ 2heart: ▼
▼ 1) Heb was in a ferment 2) Heb reins22 So brutish ▼ was I, and ignorant; I was as a beast ▼
▼ 2before thee. ▼
▼ 1) Or am 2) Heb with thee23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: Thou hast holden my right hand. 24 Thou wilt guide me with thy counsel, And afterward receive me ▼ to glory. ▼
▼ 1) Or with25 Whom have I in heaven but thee ? And there is none upon earth that I desire ▼ besides thee. ▼
▼ 1) Or with thee26 My flesh and my heart faileth; But God is the ▼ strength of my heart and my portion for ever. ▼
▼ 1) Heb rock27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: Thou hast destroyed all them that play the harlot, departing from thee. 28 But it is good for me to draw near unto God: I have made the Lord Jehovah my refuge, That I may tell of all thy works.
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