Chapter 73

PSA.73:1 A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, To such as are pure in heart.
PSA.73:2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped.
PSA.73:3 For I was envious of the boastful, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
PSA.73:4 For there are no pangs in their death, But their strength is firm.
PSA.73:5 They are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like other men.
PSA.73:6 Therefore pride serves as their necklace; Violence covers them like a garment.
PSA.73:7 Their eyes bulge with abundance; They have more than heart could wish.
PSA.73:8 They scoff and speak wickedly concerning oppression; They speak loftily.
PSA.73:9 They set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue walks through the earth.
PSA.73:10 Therefore his people return here, And waters of a full cup are drained by them.
PSA.73:11 And they say, “How does God know? And is there knowledge in the Most High?”
PSA.73:12 Behold, these are the ungodly, Who are always at ease; They increase in riches.
PSA.73:13 Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain, And washed my hands in innocence.
PSA.73:14 For all day long I have been plagued, And chastened every morning.
PSA.73:15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,” Behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of Your children.
PSA.73:16 When I thought how to understand this, It was too painful for me-
PSA.73:17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.
PSA.73:18 Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.
PSA.73:19 Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors.
PSA.73:20 As a dream when one awakes, So, Lord, when You awake, You shall despise their image.
PSA.73:21 Thus my heart was grieved, And I was vexed in my mind.
PSA.73:22 I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.
PSA.73:23 Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand.
PSA.73:24 You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.
PSA.73:25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
PSA.73:26 My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
PSA.73:27 For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish; You have destroyed all those who desert You for harlotry.
PSA.73:28 But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, That I may declare all Your works.

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