A Psalm of aAsaph.
To such as are pure in heart.
My steps had nearly bslipped.
3 cFor I was envious of the boastful,
When I saw the prosperity of the dwicked.
4 For there are no 1pangs in their death,
But their strength is firm.
5 eThey are not in trouble as other men,
Nor are they plagued like other men.
Violence covers them flike a garment.
They have more than heart could wish.
8 hThey scoff and speak wickedly concerning oppression;
9 They set their mouth jagainst the heavens,
And their tongue walks through the earth.
kAnd waters of a full cup are drained by them.
11 And they say, l“How does God know?
And is there knowledge in the Most High?”
Who are always at ease;
They increase in riches.
And washed my hands in innocence.
And chastened every morning.
Behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of Your children.
It was 5too painful for me—
Then I understood their nend.
18 Surely oYou set them in slippery places;
You cast them down to destruction.
They are utterly consumed with terrors.
So, Lord, when You awake,
You shall despise their image.
And I was 6vexed in my mind.
22 pI was so foolish and ignorant;
I was like a beast before You.
You hold me by my right hand.
24 qYou will guide me with Your counsel,
And afterward receive me to glory.
25 rWhom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
26 sMy flesh and my heart fail;
27 For indeed, uthose who are far from You shall perish;
You have destroyed all those who 8desert You for harlotry.
28 But it is good for me to vdraw near to God;
I have put my trust in the Lord God,
That I may wdeclare all Your works.
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