World English Bible
Psalms, Chapter 73

   1: (A Psalm by Asaph.) Surely God is good to Israel, To those who are pure in heart.
   2: But as for me, my feet were almost gone. My steps had nearly slipped.
   3: For I was envious of the arrogant, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
   4: For there are no struggles in their death, But their strength is firm.
   5: They are free from burdens of men, Neither are they plagued like other men.
   6: Therefore pride is like a chain around their neck. Violence covers them like a garment.
   7: Their eyes bulge with fat. Their minds pass the limits of conceit.
   8: They scoff and speak with malice. In arrogance, they threaten oppression.
   9: They have set their mouth in the heavens. Their tongue walks through the earth.
   10: Therefore their people return to them, And they drink up waters of abundance.
   11: They say, "How does God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?"
   12: Behold, these are the wicked. Being always at ease, they increase in riches.
   13: Surely in vain I have cleansed my heart, And washed my hands in innocence,
   14: For all day long have I been plagued, And punished every morning.
   15: If I had said, "I will speak thus;" Behold, I would have betrayed the generation of your children.
   16: When I tried to understand this, It was too painful for me;
   17: Until I entered God's sanctuary, And considered their latter end.
   18: Surely you set them in slippery places. You throw them down to destruction.
   19: How they are suddenly destroyed! They are completely swept away with terrors.
   20: As a dream when one wakes up, So, Lord, when you awake, you will despise their fantasies.
   21: For my soul was grieved. I was embittered in my heart.
   22: I was so senseless and ignorant. I was a brute beast before you.
   23: Nevertheless, I am continually with you. You have held my right hand.
   24: You will guide me with your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.
   25: Who do I have in heaven? There is no one on earth who I desire besides you.
   26: My flesh and my heart fails, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
   27: For, behold, those who are far from you shall perish. You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to you.
   28: But it is good for me to come close to God. I have made the Lord Yahweh my refuge, That I may tell of all your works.

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