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Psalm 73:3–12

eFor I was fenvious of the arrogant

when I saw the gprosperity of the wicked.

For they have no pangs until death;

their bodies are fat and sleek.

They are not in trouble as others are;

they are not hstricken like the rest of mankind.

Therefore pride is itheir necklace;

violence covers them as ja garment.

Their keyes swell out through fatness;

their hearts overflow with follies.

They scoff and lspeak with malice;

loftily they threaten oppression.

They set their mouths against the heavens,

and their tongue struts through the earth.

10  Therefore his people turn back to them,

and find mno fault in them.1

11  And they say, n“How can God know?

Is there knowledge in the Most High?”

12  Behold, these are the wicked;

always at ease, they oincrease in riches.

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Psalm 73:3–12 — The New International Version (NIV)

For I envied the arrogant

when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

They have no struggles;

their bodies are healthy and strong.

They are free from common human burdens;

they are not plagued by human ills.

Therefore pride is their necklace;

they clothe themselves with violence.

From their callous hearts comes iniquity;

their evil imaginations have no limits.

They scoff, and speak with malice;

with arrogance they threaten oppression.

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.

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, they go on amassing wealth.

Psalm 73:3–12 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

For I was envious at the foolish,

When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

For there are no bands in their death:

But their strength is firm.

They are not in trouble as other men;

Neither are they plagued like other men.

Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain;

Violence covereth them as a garment.

Their eyes stand out with fatness:

They have more than heart could wish.

They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression:

They speak loftily.

They set their mouth against the heavens,

And their tongue walketh through the earth.

10 Therefore his people return hither:

And waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.

11 And they say, How doth God know?

And is there knowledge in the most High?

12 Behold, these are the ungodly,

Who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.

Psalm 73:3–12 — New Living Translation (NLT)

For I envied the proud

when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.

They seem to live such painless lives;

their bodies are so healthy and strong.

They don’t have troubles like other people;

they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else.

They wear pride like a jeweled necklace

and clothe themselves with cruelty.

These fat cats have everything

their hearts could ever wish for!

They scoff and speak only evil;

in their pride they seek to crush others.

They boast against the very heavens,

and their words strut throughout the earth.

10 And so the people are dismayed and confused,

drinking in all their words.

11 “What does God know?” they ask.

“Does the Most High even know what’s happening?”

12 Look at these wicked people—

enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply.

Psalm 73:3–12 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

For I was envious of the boastful,

When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

For there are no pangs in their death,

But their strength is firm.

They are not in trouble as other men,

Nor are they plagued like other men.

Therefore pride serves as their necklace;

Violence covers them like a garment.

Their eyes bulge with abundance;

They have more than heart could wish.

They scoff and speak wickedly concerning oppression;

They speak loftily.

They set their mouth against the heavens,

And their tongue walks through the earth.

10 Therefore his people return here,

And waters of a full cup are drained by them.

11 And they say, “How does God know?

And is there knowledge in the Most High?”

12 Behold, these are the ungodly,

Who are always at ease;

They increase in riches.

Psalm 73:3–12 — New Century Version (NCV)

because I was jealous of proud people.

I saw wicked people doing well.

They are not suffering;

they are healthy and strong.

They don’t have troubles like the rest of us;

they don’t have problems like other people.

They wear pride like a necklace

and put on violence as their clothing.

They are looking for profits

and do not control their selfish desires.

They make fun of others and speak evil;

proudly they speak of hurting others.

They brag to the sky.

They say that they own the earth.

10 So their people turn to them

and give them whatever they want.

11 They say, “How can God know?

What does God Most High know?”

12 These people are wicked,

always at ease, and getting richer.

Psalm 73:3–12 — American Standard Version (ASV)

For I was envious at the arrogant,

When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

For there are no pangs in their death;

But their strength is firm.

They are not in trouble as other men;

Neither are they plagued like other men.

Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck;

Violence covereth them as a garment.

Their eyes stand out with fatness:

They have more than heart could wish.

They scoff, and in wickedness utter oppression:

They speak loftily.

They have set their mouth in the heavens,

And their tongue walketh through the earth.

10 Therefore his people return hither:

And waters of a full cup are drained by them.

11 And they say, How doth God know?

And is there knowledge in the Most High?

12 Behold, these are the wicked;

And, being alway at ease, they increase in riches.

Psalm 73:3–12 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

For I was envious at the arrogant, seeing the prosperity of the wicked. For they have no pangs in their death, and their body is well nourished; They have not the hardships of mankind, neither are they plagued like other men: Therefore pride encompasseth them as a neck-chain, violence covereth them as a garment; Their eyes stand out from fatness, they exceed the imaginations of their heart: They mock and speak wickedly of oppression, they speak loftily: They set their mouth in the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. 10 Therefore his people turn hither, and waters in fulness are wrung out to them. 11 And they say, How can •God know, and is there knowledge in the Most High? 12 Behold, these are the wicked, and they prosper in the world: they heap up riches.

Psalm 73:3–12 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

because I was envious of arrogant people 

when I saw the prosperity that wicked people enjoy. 

They suffer no pain. 

Their bodies are healthy. 

They have no drudgery in their lives like ordinary people. 

They are not plagued ⸤with problems⸥ like others. 

That is why they wear arrogance like a necklace 

and acts of violence like clothing. 

Their eyes peer out from their fat faces, 

and their imaginations run wild. 

They ridicule. 

They speak maliciously. 

They speak arrogantly about oppression. 

They verbally attack heaven, 

and they order people around on earth. 

10 That is why God’s people turn to wickedness 

and swallow their words. 

11 Then wicked people ask, “What does God know?” 

“Does the Most High know anything?” 

12 Look how wicked they are! 

They never have a worry. 

They grow more and more wealthy. 

Psalm 73:3–12 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

For I envied the arrogant;

I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

They have an easy time until they die,

and their bodies are well fed.

They are not in trouble like others;

they are not afflicted like most people.

Therefore, pride is their necklace,

and violence covers them like a garment.

Their eyes bulge out from fatness;

the imaginations of their hearts run wild.

They mock, and they speak maliciously;

they arrogantly threaten oppression.

They set their mouths against heaven,

and their tongues strut across the earth.

10 Therefore His people turn to them

and drink in their overflowing words.

11 The wicked say, “How can God know?

Does the Most High know everything?”

12 Look at them—the wicked!

They are always at ease,

and they increase their wealth.

Psalm 73:3–12 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

For I was envious of the arrogant;

I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

For they have no pain;

their bodies are sound and sleek.

They are not in trouble as others are;

they are not plagued like other people.

Therefore pride is their necklace;

violence covers them like a garment.

Their eyes swell out with fatness;

their hearts overflow with follies.

They scoff and speak with malice;

loftily they threaten oppression.

They set their mouths against heaven,

and their tongues range over the earth.

10 Therefore the people turn and praise them,

and find no fault in them.

11 And they say, “How can God know?

Is there knowledge in the Most High?”

12 Such are the wicked;

always at ease, they increase in riches.

Psalm 73:3–12 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

because I envied the boastful

when I saw the well-being of the wicked.

For there are no pains up to their death,

and their bodies are healthy.

They do not have ordinary trouble,

and they are not plagued as other people.

Therefore pride is their necklace;

an outfit of violence covers them.

Their eye bulges from fat.

Imaginings overflow their heart.

They mock and speak maliciously of oppression;

they speak as though from on high.

They set their mouth against the heavens,

and their tongue roams the earth.

10 Therefore his people turn there,

and abundant waters are slurped up by them.

11 And they say, “How does God know?”

and, “Does the Most High have knowledge?”

12 See, these are the wicked,

and they increase wealth, ever carefree.

Psalm 73:3–12 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

I saw that proud and sinful people were doing well.

And I began to long for what they had.

They don’t have any troubles.

Their bodies are healthy and strong.

They don’t have the problems others have.

They don’t suffer as other people do.

Their pride is like a necklace.

They put on meanness as if it were their clothes.

Many sins come out of their hard and stubborn hearts.

There is no limit to their proud and evil thoughts.

They laugh at others and speak words of hatred.

They are proud. They warn others about the harm they can do to them.

They brag as if they owned heaven itself.

They talk as if they controlled the earth.

10 So people listen to them.

They lap up their words like water.

11 They say, “How can God know what we’re doing?

Does the Most High God really know that much?”

12 Here is what sinful people are like.

They don’t have a care in the world.

They keep getting richer and richer.

Psalm 73:3–12 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

For I was envious of the arrogant

As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

For there are no pains in their death,

And their body is fat.

They are not in trouble as other men,

Nor are they plagued like mankind.

Therefore pride is their necklace;

The garment of violence covers them.

Their eye bulges from fatness;

The imaginations of their heart run riot.

They mock and wickedly speak of oppression;

They speak from on high.

They have set their mouth against the heavens,

And their tongue parades through the earth.

10 Therefore his people return to this place,

And waters of abundance are drunk by them.

11 They say, “How does God know?

And is there knowledge with the Most High?”

12 Behold, these are the wicked;

And always at ease, they have increased in wealth.


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