Psalms 73

BOOK III A Psalm of Asaph. Surely God is good to Israel, even to such as are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the arrogant, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no pangs at their death, and their body is sound. In the trouble of man they are not; neither are they plagued like men. Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck; violence covereth them as a garment. Their eyes stand forth from fatness; they are gone beyond the imaginations of their heart. They scoff, and in wickedness utter oppression; they speak as if there were none on high. They have set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. 10 Therefore His people return hither; and waters of fullness are drained out by them. 11 And they say: 'How doth God know? And is there knowledge in the Most High?' 12 Behold, such are the wicked; and they that are always at ease increase riches. 13 Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart, and washed my hands in innocency; 14 For all the day have I been plagued, and my chastisement came every morning.

15  If I had said: 'I will speak thus', behold, I had been faithless to the generation of Thy children. 16 And when I pondered how I might know this, it was wearisome in mine eyes; 17 Until I entered into the sanctuary of God, and considered their end. 18 Surely Thou settest them in slippery places; Thou hurlest them down to utter ruin. 19 How are they become a desolation in a moment! They are wholly consumed by terrors. 20 As a dream when one awaketh, so, O Lord, when Thou arousest Thyself, Thou wilt despise their semblance.

21  For my heart was in a ferment, and I was pricked in my reins. 22 But I was brutish, and ignorant; I was as a beast before Thee. 23 Nevertheless I am continually with Thee; Thou holdest my right hand. 24 Thou wilt guide me with Thy counsel, and afterward receive me with glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And beside Thee I desire none upon earth. 26 My flesh and my heart faileth; but God is the rock of my heart and my portion for ever. 27 For, lo, they that go far from Thee shall perish; Thou dost destroy all them that go astray from Thee. 28 But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all Thy works.

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