BOOK III(Psalms 73–89) (A psalm by Asaph.) God Is Good 73 1God is truly good to Israel,[R] especially to everyone with a pure heart. 2But I almost stumbled and fell, 3because it made me jealous to see proud and evil people and to watch them prosper. 4They never have to suffer,[S] they stay healthy, 5and they don't have troubles like everyone else.   6Their pride is like a necklace, and they commit sin more often than they dress themselves. 7Their eyes bulge with fat, and their minds are flooded with foolish thoughts. 8They sneer and say cruel things, and because of their pride, they make violent threats. 9They dare to speak against God and to order others around.   10God will bring his people back, and they will drink the water he so freely gives.[T]   11Only evil people would say, “God Most High cannot know everything!” 12Yet all goes well for them, and they live in peace. 13What good did it do me to keep my thoughts pure and refuse to do wrong? 14I am sick all day, and I am punished each morning. 15If I had said evil things, I would not have been loyal to your people.   16It was hard for me to understand all this! 17Then I went to your temple, and there I understood what will happen to my enemies. 18You will make them stumble, never to get up again. 19They will be terrified, suddenly swept away and no longer there. 20They will disappear, Lord, despised like a bad dream the morning after.   21Once I was bitter and brokenhearted. 22I was stupid and ignorant, and I treated you as a wild animal would. 23But I never really left you, and you hold my right hand. 24Your advice has been my guide, and later you will welcome me in glory.[U] 25In heaven I have only you, and on this earth you are all I want. 26My body and mind may fail, but you are my strength and my choice forever.   27All-Powerful LORD God, those who stay far from you will be lost, and you will destroy those who are unfaithful. 28It is good for me to be near you. I choose you as my protector, and I will tell about your wonderful deeds.  
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