BOOK 3

The End of the Wicked Contrasted with That of the Righteous.

A Psalm of Asaph.

73 Surely God is (A)good to Israel,
To those who are (B)pure in heart!
But as for me, (C)my feet came close to stumbling,
My steps [a]had almost slipped.
For I was (D)envious of the [b]arrogant
As I saw the (E)prosperity of the wicked.
For there are no pains in their death,
And their [c]body is fat.
They are (F)not [d]in trouble as other [e]men,
Nor are they (G)plagued [f]like mankind.
Therefore pride is (H)their necklace;
The (I)garment of violence covers them.
Their eye [g]bulges from (J)fatness;
The imaginations of their heart [h]run riot.
They (K)mock and [i]wickedly speak of oppression;
They (L)speak from on high.
They have (M)set their mouth [j]against the heavens,
And their tongue [k]parades through the earth.

10 Therefore [l]his people return to this place,
And waters of (N)abundance are [m]drunk by them.
11 They say, “(O)How does God know?
And is there knowledge [n]with the Most High?”
12 Behold, (P)these are the wicked;
And always (Q)at ease, they have increased in wealth.
13 Surely (R)in vain I have [o]kept my heart pure
And (S)washed my hands in innocence;
14 For I have been stricken (T)all day long
And [p](U)chastened every morning.

15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
Behold, I would have betrayed the (V)generation of Your children.
16 When I (W)pondered to understand this,
It was [q]troublesome in my sight
17 Until I came into the [r](X)sanctuary of God;
Then I perceived their (Y)end.
18 Surely You set them in (Z)slippery places;
You cast them down to [s](AA)destruction.
19 How they are [t](AB)destroyed in a moment!
They are utterly swept away by (AC)sudden terrors!
20 Like a (AD)dream when one awakes,
O Lord, when (AE)aroused, You will (AF)despise their [u]form.

21 When my (AG)heart was embittered
And I was (AH)pierced [v]within,
22 Then I was (AI)senseless and ignorant;
I was like [w]a (AJ)beast [x]before You.
23 Nevertheless (AK)I am continually with You;
You have taken hold of my right hand.
24 With Your counsel You will (AL)guide me,
And afterward (AM)receive me [y]to glory.

25 (AN)Whom have I in heaven but You?
And [z]besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
26 My (AO)flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the [aa]strength of my heart and my (AP)portion forever.
27 For, behold, (AQ)those who are far from You will (AR)perish;
You have [ab]destroyed all those who [ac](AS)are unfaithful to You.
28 But as for me, (AT)the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord [ad]God my (AU)refuge,
That I may (AV)tell of all Your works.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 73:2 Lit were caused to slip
  2. Psalm 73:3 Or boasters
  3. Psalm 73:4 Or belly
  4. Psalm 73:5 Lit in the trouble of men
  5. Psalm 73:5 Or mortals
  6. Psalm 73:5 Lit with
  7. Psalm 73:7 Lit goes forth
  8. Psalm 73:7 Lit overflow
  9. Psalm 73:8 Or they speak in wickedness; From on high they speak of oppression
  10. Psalm 73:9 Or in
  11. Psalm 73:9 Lit walks
  12. Psalm 73:10 Or His
  13. Psalm 73:10 Lit drained out
  14. Psalm 73:11 Lit in
  15. Psalm 73:13 Or cleansed my heart
  16. Psalm 73:14 Lit my chastening
  17. Psalm 73:16 Lit labor, trouble
  18. Psalm 73:17 Lit sanctuaries
  19. Psalm 73:18 Lit ruins
  20. Psalm 73:19 Lit become a desolation
  21. Psalm 73:20 Or image
  22. Psalm 73:21 Lit in my kidneys
  23. Psalm 73:22 Or an animal
  24. Psalm 73:22 Lit with You
  25. Psalm 73:24 Or with honor
  26. Psalm 73:25 Or with
  27. Psalm 73:26 Lit rock
  28. Psalm 73:27 Or silenced
  29. Psalm 73:27 Lit go to a whoring from
  30. Psalm 73:28 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord

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