Psalms 73

BOOK 3

The End of the Wicked Contrasted with That of the Righteous.

A Psalm of Asaph.

1 Surely God is a  good to Israel,
To those who are b  pure in heart!
2But as for me, c  my feet came close to stumbling,
My steps
Lit were caused to slip
had almost slipped.
3For I was e  envious of the
Or boasters
arrogant
As I saw the g  prosperity of the wicked.
4For there are no pains in their death,
And their
Or belly
body is fat.
5They are i  not
Lit in the trouble of men
in trouble as other
Or mortals
men,
Nor are they l  plagued
Lit with
like mankind.
6Therefore pride is n  their necklace;
The o  garment of violence covers them.
7Their eye
Lit goes forth
bulges from q  fatness;
The imaginations of their heart
Lit overflow
run riot.
8They s  mock and
Or they speak in wickedness; From on high they speak of oppression
wickedly speak of oppression;
They u  speak from on high.
9They have v  set their mouth
Or in
against the heavens,
And their tongue
Lit walks
parades through the earth.

10Therefore
Or His
his people return to this place,
And waters of z  abundance are
Lit drained out
drunk by them.
11They say ab  How does God know?
And is there knowledge
Lit in
with the Most High?”
12Behold ad  these are the wicked;
And always ae  at ease, they have increased in wealth.
13Surely af  in vain I have
Or cleansed my heart
kept my heart pure
And ah  washed my hands in innocence;
14For I have been stricken ai  all day long
And
Lit my chastening
,
ak  chastened every morning.

15If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
Behold, I would have betrayed the al  generation of Your children.
16When I am  pondered to understand this,
It was
Lit labor, trouble
troublesome in my sight
17Until I came into the
Lit sanctuaries
,
ap  sanctuary of God;
Then I perceived their aq  end.
18Surely You set them in ar  slippery places;
You cast them down to
Lit ruins
,
at  destruction.
19How they are
Lit become a desolation
,
av  destroyed in a moment!
They are utterly swept away by aw  sudden terrors!
20Like a ax  dream when one awakes,
O Lord, when ay  aroused, You will az  despise their
Or image
form.

21When my bb  heart was embittered
And I was bc  pierced
Lit in my kidneys
within,
22Then I was be  senseless and ignorant;
I was like
Or an animal
a bg  beast
Lit with You
before You.
23Nevertheless bi  I am continually with You;
You have taken hold of my right hand.
24With Your counsel You will bj  guide me,
And afterward bk  receive me
Or with honor
to glory.

25 bm  Whom have I in heaven but You?
And
Or with
besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
26My bo  flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the
Lit rock
strength of my heart and my bq  portion forever.
27For, behold br  those who are far from You will bs  perish;
You have
Or silenced
destroyed all those who
Lit go to a whoring from
,
bv  are unfaithful to You.
28But as for me, bw  the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God my by  refuge,
That I may bz  tell of all Your works.

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