BOOK 3 PSALM 73 The End of the Wicked Contrasted with That of the Righteous. A Psalm of Asaph. 73   1Surely God is good to Israel, To those who are pure in heart! 2But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling, My steps [C]had almost slipped. 3For I was envious of the [D]arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4For there are no pains in their death, And their [E]body is fat. 5They are not [F]in trouble as other [G]men, Nor are they plagued [H]like mankind. 6Therefore pride is their necklace; The garment of violence covers them. 7Their eye [I]bulges from fatness; The imaginations of their heart [J]run riot. 8They mock and [K]wickedly speak of oppression; They speak from on high. 9They have set their mouth [L]against the heavens, And their tongue [M]parades through the earth. 10Therefore [N]his people return to this place, And waters of abundance are [O]drunk by them. 11They say, “How does God know? And is there knowledge [P]with the Most High?” 12Behold, these are the wicked; And always at ease, they have increased in wealth. 13Surely in vain I have [Q]kept my heart pure And washed my hands in innocence; 14For I have been stricken all day long And [R]chastened every morning. 15If I had said, “I will speak thus,” Behold, I would have betrayed the generation of Your children. 16When I pondered to understand this, It was [S]troublesome in my sight 17Until I came into the [T]sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end. 18Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to [U]destruction. 19How they are [V]destroyed in a moment! They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors! 20Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when aroused, You will despise their [W]form. 21When my heart was embittered And I was pierced [X]within, 22Then I was senseless and ignorant; I was like [Y]a beast [Z]before You. 23Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. 24With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me [A]to glory. 25Whom have I in heaven but You? And [B]besides You, I desire nothing on earth. 26My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the [C]strength of my heart and my portion forever. 27For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have [D]destroyed all those who [E]are unfaithful to You. 28But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord [F]God my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.
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