Psalms 73

God Is My Strength and Portion Forever

A Psalm of a  Asaph.

1 Truly God is good to b  Israel,
to those who are c  pure in heart.
2But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
my steps had nearly slipped.
3 d  For I was e  envious of the arrogant
when I saw the f  prosperity of the wicked.
4 For they have no pangs until death;
their bodies are fat and sleek.
5They are not in trouble as others are;
they are not g  stricken like the rest of mankind.
6Therefore pride is h  their necklace;
violence covers them as i  a garment.
7Their j  eyes swell out through fatness;
their hearts overflow with follies.
8They scoff and k  speak with malice;
loftily they threaten oppression.
9They set their mouths against the heavens,
and their tongue struts through the earth.
10Therefore his people turn back to them,
and find l  no fault in them.
Probable reading; Hebrew the waters of a full cup are drained by them

11And they say n  How can God know?
Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
12Behold, these are the wicked;
always at ease, they o  increase in riches.
13All in vain have I p  kept my heart clean
and q  washed my hands in innocence.
14For all the day long I have been r  stricken
and s  rebuked t  every morning.
15If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
I would have betrayed u  the generation of your children.
16 But when I thought how to understand this,
it seemed to me v  a wearisome task,
17until I went into w  the sanctuary of God;
then I discerned their x  end.
18 Truly you set them in y  slippery places;
you make them fall to ruin.
19How they are destroyed z  in a moment,
swept away utterly by aa  terrors!
20Like ab  a dream when one awakes,
O Lord, when ac  you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.
21When my soul was embittered,
when I was pricked in heart,
22I was ad  brutish and ignorant;
I was like ae  a beast toward you.
23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you af  hold my right hand.
24You ag  guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will ah  receive me to glory.
25 ai  Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 aj  My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is ak  the strength
Hebrew rock
of my heart and my am  portion an  forever.
27 For behold, those who are ao  far from you shall perish;
you put an end to everyone who is ap  unfaithful to you.
28But for me it is good to aq  be near God;
I have made the Lord  God my ar  refuge,
that I may as  tell of all your works.
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