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Psalm 73

BOOK III

Psalms 73–89

Psalm 73

A psalm of Asaph.

Surely God is good to Israel,

to those who are pure in heart.y

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;z

I had nearly lost my foothold.a

For I enviedb the arrogant

when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.c

They have no struggles;

their bodies are healthy and strong.a

They are freed from common human burdens;

they are not plagued by human ills.

Therefore pridee is their necklace;f

they clothe themselves with violence.g

From their callous heartsh comes iniquityb;

their evil imaginations have no limits.

They scoff, and speak with malice;i

with arrogancej they threaten oppression.k

Their mouths lay claim to heaven,

and their tongues take possession of the earth.

10 Therefore their people turn to them

and drink up waters in abundance.c

11 They say, “How would God know?

Does the Most High know anything?”

12 This is what the wicked are like—

always free of care,l they go on amassing wealth.m

13 Surely in vainn I have kept my heart pure

and have washed my hands in innocence.o

14 All day long I have been afflicted,p

and every morning brings new punishments.

15 If I had spoken out like that,

I would have betrayed your children.

16 When I tried to understandq all this,

it troubled me deeply

17 till I entered the sanctuaryr of God;

then I understood their final destiny.s

18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;t

you cast them down to ruin.u

19 How suddenlyv are they destroyed,

completely swept awayw by terrors!

20 They are like a dreamx when one awakes;y

when you arise, Lord,

you will despise them as fantasies.z

21 When my heart was grieved

and my spirit embittered,

22 I was senselessa and ignorant;

I was a brute beastb before you.

23 Yet I am always with you;

you hold me by my right hand.c

24 You guided me with your counsel,e

and afterward you will take me into glory.

25 Whom have I in heaven but you?f

And earth has nothing I desire besides you.g

26 My flesh and my hearth may fail,i

but God is the strengthj of my heart

and my portionk forever.

27 Those who are far from you will perish;l

you destroy all who are unfaithfulm to you.

28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.n

I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;o

I will tell of all your deeds.p

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