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Psalms 73–89

Psalm 73

A Psalm of Asaph.

Truly God is good to Israel,
    to the pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet almost stumbled;
    my steps had almost slipped.
For I was envious at the boastful;
    I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

For there are no pains in their death;
    their bodies are fat.
They are not in trouble as other people;
    nor are they plagued like others.
Therefore pride is their necklace;
    violence covers them as a garment.
Their eyes bulge with fatness;
    they have more than a heart could wish.
They mock and speak with evil oppression;
    they speak loftily.
They set their mouth against the heavens,
    and their tongue struts through the earth.
10 Therefore people turn to them,
    and abundant waters are drunk by them.
11 They say, “How does God know?
    And is there knowledge with the Most High?”

12 Observe, these are the wicked, always at ease;
    they increase in riches.

13 Surely I have kept my heart pure for nothing,
    and washed my hands in innocence.
14 For all the day long I am plagued,
    and chastened every morning.

15 If I said, “I will speak thus,”
    I would have betrayed the generation of Your children.
16 When I thought to understand this,
    it was troublesome in my eyes,
17 until I went into the sanctuary of God;
    then I understood their end.

18 Surely You have set them in slippery places;
    You have brought them down to ruin.
19 How they come to desolation, as in a moment!
    They have come to an end, utterly consumed with terrors.
20 As a dream when one awakes,
    so, O Lord, when You awake,
    You will despise their form.

21 Thus my heart was embittered,
    and I was pierced in my feelings.
22 I was a brute and did not understand;
    I was as a beast before You.

23 Nevertheless I am continually with You;
    You have held me by my right hand.
24 You will guide me with Your counsel,
    and afterward receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but You?
    And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You.
26 My flesh and my heart fails,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

27 For those who are far from You will perish;
    You destroy everyone who is unfaithful to You.
28 But it is good for me to draw near to God;
    I have taken my refuge in the Lord God,
    that I may declare all Your works.