Psalms 73

BOOK 3

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

A Psalm of Asaph.

Surely God is a good to Israel,
To those who are b pure in heart!
But as for me, c my feet came close to stumbling,
My steps
Lit were caused to slip
had almost slipped.
For I was e envious of the
Or boasters
arrogant
As I saw the g prosperity of the wicked.
For there are no pains in their death,
And their
Or belly
body is fat.
They 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.
Therefore pride is n their necklace;
The o garment of violence covers them.
Their eye
Lit goes forth
bulges from q fatness;
The imaginations of their heart
Lit overflow
run riot.
They 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.
They have v set their mouth
Or in
against the heavens,
And their tongue
Lit walks
parades through the earth.

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

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

21 When my bb heart was embittered
And I was bc pierced
Lit in my kidneys
within,
22 Then I was be senseless and ignorant;
I was like
Or an animal
a bg beast
Lit with You
before You.
23 Nevertheless bi I am continually with You;
You have taken hold of my right hand.
24 With 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.
26 My bo flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the
Lit rock
strength of my heart and my bq portion forever.
27 For, 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.
28 But 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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