BOOK III

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)

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

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

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

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.

Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers.(A) Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare[a] of their slaves.

False Teachers and the Love of Money

These are the things you are to teach and insist on.(B) If anyone teaches otherwise(C) and does not agree to the sound instruction(D) of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited(E) and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words(F) that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth(G) and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.

But godliness with contentment(H) is great gain.(I) For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.(J) But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.(K) Those who want to get rich(L) fall into temptation and a trap(M) and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money(N) is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith(O) and pierced themselves with many griefs.(P)

Final Charge to Timothy

11 But you, man of God,(Q) flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness,(R) faith, love,(S) endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight(T) of the faith. Take hold of(U) the eternal life(V) to which you were called when you made your good confession(W) in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate(X) made the good confession,(Y) I charge you(Z) 14 to keep this command without spot or blame(AA) until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,(AB) 15 which God will bring about in his own time(AC)—God, the blessed(AD) and only Ruler,(AE) the King of kings and Lord of lords,(AF) 16 who alone is immortal(AG) and who lives in unapproachable light,(AH) whom no one has seen or can see.(AI) To him be honor and might forever. Amen.(AJ)

17 Command those who are rich(AK) in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth,(AL) which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God,(AM) who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.(AN) 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds,(AO) and to be generous and willing to share.(AP) 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves(AQ) as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of(AR) the life that is truly life.

20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted(AS) to your care. Turn away from godless chatter(AT) and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith.(AU)

Grace be with you all.(AV)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Timothy 6:2 Or and benefit from the service

Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers.(A) Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare[a] of their slaves.

False Teachers and the Love of Money

These are the things you are to teach and insist on.(B) If anyone teaches otherwise(C) and does not agree to the sound instruction(D) of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited(E) and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words(F) that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth(G) and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.

But godliness with contentment(H) is great gain.(I) For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.(J) But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.(K) Those who want to get rich(L) fall into temptation and a trap(M) and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money(N) is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith(O) and pierced themselves with many griefs.(P)

Final Charge to Timothy

11 But you, man of God,(Q) flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness,(R) faith, love,(S) endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight(T) of the faith. Take hold of(U) the eternal life(V) to which you were called when you made your good confession(W) in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate(X) made the good confession,(Y) I charge you(Z) 14 to keep this command without spot or blame(AA) until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,(AB) 15 which God will bring about in his own time(AC)—God, the blessed(AD) and only Ruler,(AE) the King of kings and Lord of lords,(AF) 16 who alone is immortal(AG) and who lives in unapproachable light,(AH) whom no one has seen or can see.(AI) To him be honor and might forever. Amen.(AJ)

17 Command those who are rich(AK) in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth,(AL) which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God,(AM) who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.(AN) 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds,(AO) and to be generous and willing to share.(AP) 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves(AQ) as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of(AR) the life that is truly life.

20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted(AS) to your care. Turn away from godless chatter(AT) and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith.(AU)

Grace be with you all.(AV)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Timothy 6:2 Or and benefit from the service

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