3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, The tongue that speaks great things; 4 Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are [a]our own; who is lord over us?” 5 “Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he longs.”
6 The words of the Lord are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times. 7 You, O Lord, will keep them; You will preserve him from this generation forever. 8 The wicked strut about on every side When [b]vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
8 They mock and [a]wickedly speak of oppression; They speak from on high. 9 They have set their mouth [b]against the heavens, And their tongue [c]parades through the earth.
10 Therefore [d]his people return to this place, And waters of abundance are [e]drunk by them. 11 They say, “How does God know? And is there knowledge [f]with the Most High?” 12 Behold, these are the wicked; And always at ease, they have increased in wealth. 13 Surely in vain I have [g]kept my heart pure And washed my hands in innocence; 14 For I have been stricken all day long And [h]chastened every morning.
15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,” Behold, I would have betrayed the generation of Your children. 16 When I pondered to understand this, It was [i]troublesome in my sight 17 Until I came into the [j]sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end. 18 Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to [k]destruction. 19 How they are [l]destroyed in a moment! They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors! 20 Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when aroused, You will despise their [m]form.
21 When my heart was embittered And I was pierced [n]within, 22 Then I was senseless and ignorant; I was like[o]a beast [p]before You. 23 Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. 24 With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me [q]to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And [r]besides You, I desire nothing on earth. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the [s]strength of my heart and my portion forever. 27 For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have [t]destroyed all those who [u]are unfaithful to You. 28 But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord [v]God my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.
Psalm 73:8Or they speak in wickedness; From on high they speak of oppression
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