BOOK III (Psalms 73–89) Psalm 73 God’s Ways Vindicated A psalm of Asaph. 73 1God is indeed good to Israel, to the pure in heart. 2But as for me, my feet almost slipped; my steps nearly went astray. 3For I envied the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked.   4They have an easy time until they die,[R] and their bodies are well fed.[S] 5They are not in trouble like others; they are not afflicted like most people. 6Therefore, pride is their necklace, and violence covers them like a garment. 7Their eyes bulge out from fatness; the imaginations of their hearts run wild. 8They mock, and they speak maliciously; they arrogantly threaten oppression. 9They set their mouths against heaven, and their tongues strut across the earth. 10Therefore His people turn to them[T] and drink in their overflowing words.[U] 11The wicked say, “How can God know? Does the Most High know everything?” 12Look at them—the wicked! They are always at ease, and they increase their wealth.     13Did I purify my heart and wash my hands in innocence for nothing? 14For I am afflicted all day long and punished every morning. 15If I had decided to say these things aloud, I would have betrayed Your people.[V] 16When I tried to understand all this, it seemed hopeless[W] 17until I entered God’s sanctuary. Then I understood their destiny. 18Indeed, You put them in slippery places; You make them fall into ruin. 19How suddenly they become a desolation! They come to an end, swept away by terrors. 20Like one waking from a dream, Lord, when arising, You will despise their image.   21When I became embittered and my innermost being[X] was wounded, 22I was stupid and didn’t understand; I was an unthinking animal toward You. 23Yet I am always with You; You hold my right hand. 24You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will take me up in glory.[Y] 25Who do I have in heaven but You? And I desire nothing on earth but You. 26My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength[Z] of my heart, my portion forever. 27Those far from You will certainly perish; You destroy all who are unfaithful to You. 28But as for me, God’s presence is my good. I have made the Lord God my refuge, so I can tell about all You do.
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