Psalms 73


(Psalms 73-89)

God’s Ways Vindicated

1A psalm of
Asaph: A musician appointed by David to oversee the music used in worship at the Temple; 12 psalms are attributed to Asaph.
Asaph. b

God is indeed good to Israel,
to the pure in heart. c
2 But as for me, my feet almost slipped;
my steps nearly went astray. d
3 For I envied the arrogant;
I saw the prosperity of the wicked. e

4 They have an easy time until they die,
Lit For there are no pangs to their death

and their bodies are well fed.
Lit fat
5 They are not in trouble like others;
they are not afflicted like most people. i
6 Therefore, pride is their necklace,
and violence covers them like a garment. j
7 Their eyes bulge out from fatness;
the imaginations of their hearts run wild. k
8 They mock, and they speak maliciously;
they arrogantly threaten oppression. l
9 They set their mouths against heaven,
and their tongues strut across the earth. m
10 Therefore His people turn to them
Lit turn here

and drink in their overflowing words.
Lit and waters of fullness are drained by them
11 The wicked say, “How can God know?
Does the
Most High: The Hebrew word is Elyon. It is often used with other names of God, such as El (God) or Yahweh (Lord); it is used to refer to God as the supreme being.
Most High know everything?” r
12 Look at them – the wicked!
They are always at ease,
and they increase their wealth. s

13 Did I purify my heart
and wash my hands in innocence for nothing? t
14 For I am afflicted all day long
and punished every morning. u
15 If I had decided to say these things aloud,
I would have betrayed Your people.
Lit betrayed the generation of Your sons
16 When I tried to understand all this,
it seemed hopeless
Lit it was trouble in my eyes
17 until I entered God’s sanctuary.
Then I understood their destiny. z
18 Indeed, You put them in slippery places;
You make them fall into ruin. aa
19 How suddenly they become a desolation!
They come to an end, swept away by terrors. ab
20 Like one waking from a dream,
Lord, when arising, You will despise their image. ac

21 When I became embittered
and my innermost being
Lit my kidneys
was wounded, ae
22 I was stupid and didn’t understand;
I was an unthinking animal toward You. af
23 Yet I am always with You;
You hold my right hand. ag
24 You guide me with Your counsel,
and afterward You will take me up in glory.
Or will receive me with honor
25 Who do I have in heaven but You?
And I desire nothing on earth but You. aj
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength
Lit rock
of my heart,
my portion forever. al
27 Those far from You will certainly perish;
You destroy all who are unfaithful to You. am
28 But as for me, God’s presence is my good.
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
so I can tell about all You do. an
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