Psalm 73

Truly God is good to Israel, even
to such as are of a clean heart.
But as for me, my feet were almost
gone; my steps had well nigh
For I was envious at the foolish,
when I saw the prosperity of the
For there are no bands in their
death: but their strength is firm.
They are not in trouble as other
men; neither are they plagued like
other men.
Therefore pride compasseth them
about as a chain; violence
covereth them as a garment.
Their eyes stand out with fatness:
they have more than heart could
They are corrupt, and speak
wickedly concerning oppression:
they speak loftily.
They set their mouth against the
heavens, and their tongue walketh
through the earth.
Therefore his people return
hither: and waters of a full cup
are wrung out to them.
And they say, How doth God know?
and is there knowledge in the most
Behold, these are the ungodly, who
prosper in the world; they
increase in riches.
Verily I have cleansed my heart in
vain, and washed my hands in
For all the day long have I been
plagued, and chastened every
If I say, I will speak thus;
behold, I should offend against
the generation of thy children.
When I thought to know this, it
was too painful for me;
Until I went into the sanctuary of
God; then understood I their end.
Surely thou didst set them in
slippery places: thou castedst
them down into destruction.
How are they brought into
desolation, as in a moment! they
are utterly consumed with terrors.
As a dream when one awaketh; so, O
Lord, when thou awakest, thou
shalt despise their image.
Thus my heart was grieved, and I
was pricked in my reins.
So foolish was I, and ignorant: I
was as a beast before thee.
Nevertheless I am continually with
thee: thou hast holden me by my
right hand.
Thou shalt guide me with thy
counsel, and afterward receive me
to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but thee?
and there is none upon earth that
I desire beside thee.
My flesh and my heart faileth: but
God is the strength of my heart,
and my portion for ever.
For, lo, they that are far from
thee shall perish: thou hast
destroyed all them that go a
whoring from thee.
But it is good for me to draw near
to God: I have put my trust in the
Lord GOD, that I may declare all
thy works.


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