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Psalm 73

GOD’S WAYS VINDICATED

A psalm of Asaph.a

God is indeed good to Israel,

to the pure in heart.b

But as for me, my feet almost slipped;

my steps nearly went astray.c

For I envied the arrogant;

I saw the prosperity of the wicked.d

They have an easy time until they die,A

and their bodies are well fed.B,e

They are not in trouble like others;

they are not afflicted like most people.f

Therefore, pride is their necklace,

and violence covers them like a garment.g

Their eyes bulge out from fatness;

the imaginations of their hearts run wild.h

They mock, and they speak maliciously;

they arrogantly threaten oppression.i

They set their mouths against heaven,

and their tongues strut across the earth.j

10 Therefore his people turn to themC

and drink in their overflowing words.D,k

11 The wicked say, “How can God know?

Does the Most High know everything?”l

12 Look at them—the wicked!

They are always at ease,

and they increase their wealth.m

13 Did I purify my heart

and wash my hands in innocence for nothing?n

14 For I am afflicted all day long

and punished every morning.o

15 If I had decided to say these things aloud,

I would have betrayed your people.E,p

16 When I tried to understand all this,

it seemed hopelessF,q

17 until I entered God’s sanctuary.

Then I understood their destiny.r

18 Indeed, you put them in slippery places;

you make them fall into ruin.s

19 How suddenly they become a desolation!

They come to an end, swept away by terrors.t

20 Like one waking from a dream,

Lord, when arising, you will despise their image.u

21 When I became embittered

and my innermost beingG was wounded,v

22 I was stupid and didn’t understand;

I was an unthinking animal toward you.w

23 Yet I am always with you;

you hold my right hand.x

24 You guide me with your counsel,

and afterward you will take me up in glory.H,y

25 Who do I have in heaven but you?

And I desire nothing on earth but you.z

26 My flesh and my heart may fail,

but God is the strengthI of my heart,

my portion forever.aa

27 Those far from you will certainly perish;

you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.ab

28 But as for me, God’s presence is my good.

I have made the Lord God my refuge,

so I can tell about all you do.ac

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