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Psalm 73Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB)

73 ¶ Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet almost departed from the way; my steps had almost slipped.

For I became angry against the foolish when I saw the peace of the wicked.

Because there is no restraint that would bring about their death, but their strength is firm.

They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.

Therefore they are crowned with pride; they cover themselves with violence as a garment.

Their eyes stand out with fatness; they easily obtain the desires of their heart.

They are lawless and speak wickedly of doing violence; they speak loftily.

They set their mouth against heaven, and their tongue walks through the earth.

10 Therefore his people shall return here; and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.

11 And they say, How does God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?

12 Behold, these ungodly men, without being troubled by the world obtain riches.

13 Verily, in vain have I cleansed my heart and washed my hands in innocency

14 and been plagued all day long and chastened every morning:

15 ¶ If I should say, I will speak as they do; behold, I should deny the generation of thy sons.

16 I shall meditate that I might understand this; it is very hard for me to see.

17 When I come into the sanctuary of God, then I shall understand their end.

18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places; in desolation thou shalt cause them to fall.

19 How they are brought into desolation, as in a moment! They have come to an end; they are utterly consumed with terrors.

20 As the dream of one who awakes; so, O Lord, when thou shalt rise up, thou shalt despise their appearances.

21 ¶ Truly my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my kidneys.

22 But I was ignorant and did not understand; I was as a beast before thee.

23 Nevertheless I was continually with thee; thou hast apprehended me by my right hand.

24 Thou hast guided me with thy counsel, and afterward thou shalt receive me unto glory.

25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? And apart from thee there is nothing upon the earth that I desire.

26 My flesh and my heart fail; the strength of my heart is that God is my portion for ever.

27 For, behold, those that stray from thee shall perish; thou dost cut off all those that go a whoring from thee.

28 But as for me, to draw near to God is good; I have put my hope in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB)

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Psalm 73New International Version (NIV)

BOOK III

Psalms 73–89

Psalm 73

A psalm of Asaph.

Surely God is good to Israel,
    to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
    I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant
    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

They have no struggles;
    their bodies are healthy and strong.[a]
They are free from common human burdens;
    they are not plagued by human ills.
Therefore pride is their necklace;
    they clothe themselves with violence.
From their callous hearts comes iniquity[b];
    their evil imaginations have no limits.
They scoff, and speak with malice;
    with arrogance they threaten oppression.
Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
    and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10 Therefore their people turn to them
    and drink up waters in abundance.[c]
11 They say, “How would God know?
    Does the Most High know anything?”

12 This is what the wicked are like—
    always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.

13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
    and have washed my hands in innocence.
14 All day long I have been afflicted,
    and every morning brings new punishments.

15 If I had spoken out like that,
    I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tried to understand all this,
    it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;
    then I understood their final destiny.

18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;
    you cast them down to ruin.
19 How suddenly are they destroyed,
    completely swept away by terrors!
20 They are like a dream when one awakes;
    when you arise, Lord,
    you will despise them as fantasies.

21 When my heart was grieved
    and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant;
    I was a brute beast before you.

23 Yet I am always with you;
    you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

27 Those who are far from you will perish;
    you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
    I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
    I will tell of all your deeds.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 73:4 With a different word division of the Hebrew; Masoretic Text struggles at their death; / their bodies are healthy
  2. Psalm 73:7 Syriac (see also Septuagint); Hebrew Their eyes bulge with fat
  3. Psalm 73:10 The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
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