Psalm 73
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BOOK III

Psalms 73-89

Surely God Is Good to Israel

A Psalm of Asaph.

Surely God is good to Israel,

to those who are pure in heart.

2But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled;

my steps had nearly slipped.

3For I envied the arrogant

when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4They have no struggle in their death;

their bodies are well-fed.

5They are free of the burdens others carry;

they are not afflicted like other men.

6Therefore pride is their necklace;

a garment of violence covers them.

7From their prosperity proceeds iniquity;a

the imaginations of their hearts run wild.

8They mock and speak with malice;

with arrogance they threaten oppression.

9They set their mouths against the heavens,

and their tongues strut across the earth.

10So their peopleb return to this place

and drink up waters in abundance.

11The wicked say, “How can God know?

Does the Most High have knowledge?”

12Behold, these are the wicked—

always carefree as they increase their wealth.

13Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure;

in innocence I have washed my hands.

14For I am afflicted all day long

and punished every morning.

15If I had said, “I will speak this way,”

then I would have betrayed Your children.

16When I tried to understand all this,

it was troublesome in my sight

17until I entered God’s sanctuary;

then I discerned their end.

18Surely You set them on slick ground;

You cast them down into ruin.

19How suddenly they are laid waste,

completely swept away by terrors!

20Like a dream when one awakens,

upon arising, O Lord, You will despise their form.

21When my heart was grieved

and I was pierced within,

22I was senseless and ignorant;

I was a brute beast before You.

23Yet I am always with You;

You hold my right hand.

24You guide me with Your counsel,

and later receive me in glory.

25Whom have I in heaven but You?

And on earth I desire no one besides You.

26My flesh and my heart may fail,

but God is the strengthc of my heart

and my portion forever.

27Those far from You will surely perish;

You destroy all who are unfaithful to You.

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

I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,

that I may proclaim all Your works.

Footnotes:

7 a Literally Their eye bulges with fatness; Syriac From their callous heart proceeds iniquity
10 b Or His people
26 c Hebrew rock

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