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Surely God is Good to Israel
1Surely God is good to Israel, Even to such as are pure in heart.
2But as for me, my feet were almost gone; My steps had well nigh slipped.
3For I was envious at the arrogant, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4For there are no pangs in their death; But their strength is firm.
5They are not in trouble as other men; Neither are they plagued like other men.
6Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck; Violence covereth them as a garment.
7Their eyes stand out with fatness: They have more than heart could wish.
8They scoff, and in wickedness utter oppression: They speak loftily.
9They have set their mouth in the heavens, And their tongue walketh through the earth.
10Therefore his people return hither: And waters of a full cup are drained by them.
11And they say, How doth God know? And is there knowledge in the Most High?
12Behold, these are the wicked; And, being alway at ease, they increase in riches.
13Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart, And washed my hands in innocency;
14For all the day long have I been plagued, And chastened every morning.
15If I had said, I will speak thus; Behold, I had dealt treacherously with the generation of thy children.
16When I thought how I might know this, It was too painful for me;
17Until I went into the sanctuary of God, And considered their latter end.
18Surely thou settest them in slippery places: Thou castest them down to destruction.
19How are they become a desolation in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors.
20As a dream when one awaketh, So, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou wilt despise their image.
21For my soul was grieved, And I was pricked in my heart:
22So brutish was I, and ignorant; I was as a beast before thee.
23Nevertheless I am continually with thee: Thou hast holden my right hand.
24Thou wilt guide me with thy counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.
25Whom have I in heaven but thee ? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee.
26My flesh and my heart faileth; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.
27For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: Thou hast destroyed all them that play the harlot, departing from thee.
28But it is good for me to draw near unto God: I have made the Lord Jehovah my refuge, That I may tell of all thy works.