The End of the Wicked Contrasted with That of the Righteous.
A Psalm of Asaph.
1Surely God is good to Israel,
2But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling;
3For I was envious of the arrogant,
4For there are no pains in their death;
5They are not in trouble as other men;
6Therefore pride is their necklace;
7Their eye bulges from fatness;
8They mock, and wickedly speak of oppression;
9They have set their mouth against the heavens,
10Therefore his people return to this place;
11And they say, “How does God know?
12Behold, these are the wicked;
13Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure,
14For I have been stricken all day long,
15If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
16When I pondered to understand this,
17Until I came into the sanctuary of God;
18Surely Thou dost set them in slippery places;
19How they are destroyed in a moment!
20Like a dream when one awakes,
21When my heart was embittered,
22Then I was senseless and ignorant;
23Nevertheless I am continually with Thee;
24With Thy counsel Thou wilt guide me,
25Whom have I in heaven but Thee?
26My flesh and my heart may fail,
27For, behold, those who are far from Thee will perish;
28But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;