Psalms 73–89

Psalm 73

A psalm of Asaph.

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

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

They have no struggles;
    their bodies are healthy and strong.[a]
They are free(F) from common human burdens;
    they are not plagued by human ills.
Therefore pride(G) is their necklace;(H)
    they clothe themselves with violence.(I)
From their callous hearts(J) comes iniquity[b];
    their evil imaginations have no limits.
They scoff, and speak with malice;(K)
    with arrogance(L) they threaten oppression.(M)
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,(N) they go on amassing wealth.(O)

13 Surely in vain(P) I have kept my heart pure
    and have washed my hands in innocence.(Q)
14 All day long I have been afflicted,(R)
    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(S) all this,
    it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary(T) of God;
    then I understood their final destiny.(U)

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

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  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.

32 “Now then, my children, listen(A) to me;
    blessed are(B) those who keep my ways.(C)
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
    do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen(D) to me,
    watching daily at my doors,
    waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me(E) find life(F)
    and receive favor from the Lord.(G)
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;(H)
    all who hate me love death.”(I)

Invitations of Wisdom and Folly

Wisdom has built(J) her house;
    she has set up[a] its seven pillars.
She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;(K)
    she has also set her table.(L)
She has sent out her servants, and she calls(M)
    from the highest point of the city,(N)
    “Let all who are simple(O) come to my house!”
To those who have no sense(P) she says,
    “Come,(Q) eat my food
    and drink the wine I have mixed.(R)
Leave your simple ways and you will live;(S)
    walk in the way of insight.”(T)


  1. Proverbs 9:1 Septuagint, Syriac and Targum; Hebrew has hewn out

29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.(A)

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.(B)

31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.[a](C)

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon,(D) Barak,(E) Samson(F) and Jephthah,(G) about David(H) and Samuel(I) and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms,(J) administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,(K) 34 quenched the fury of the flames,(L) and escaped the edge of the sword;(M) whose weakness was turned to strength;(N) and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.(O) 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again.(P) There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging,(Q) and even chains and imprisonment.(R) 37 They were put to death by stoning;[b](S) they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword.(T) They went about in sheepskins and goatskins,(U) destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves(V) and in holes in the ground.

39 These were all commended(W) for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised,(X) 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us(Y) would they be made perfect.(Z)

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run(AA) with perseverance(AB) the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus,(AC) the pioneer(AD) and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,(AE) scorning its shame,(AF) and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.(AG)


  1. Hebrews 11:31 Or unbelieving
  2. Hebrews 11:37 Some early manuscripts stoning; they were put to the test;

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