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Psalm 73

    A Psalm of Asaph.
Psalm 73:1   Surely God is good to Israel, Even to such as are pure in heart.
Psalm 73:2   But as for me, my feet were almost gone; My steps had well nigh slipped.
Psalm 73:3   For I was envious at the arrogant, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Psalm 73:4   For there are no pangs in their death; But their strength is firm.
Psalm 73:5   They are not in trouble as other men; Neither are they plagued like other men.
Psalm 73:6   Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck; Violence covereth them as a garment.
Psalm 73:7   Their eyes stand out with fatness: They have more than heart could wish.
Psalm 73:8   They scoff, and in wickedness utter oppression: They speak loftily.
Psalm 73:9   They have set their mouth in the heavens, And their tongue walketh through the earth.
Psalm 73:10   Therefore his people return hither: And waters of a full cup are drained by them.
Psalm 73:11   And they say, How doth God know? And is there knowledge in the Most High?
Psalm 73:12   Behold, these are the wicked; And, being alway at ease, they increase in riches.
Psalm 73:13   Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart, And washed my hands in innocency;
Psalm 73:14   For all the day long have I been plagued, And chastened every morning.
Psalm 73:15   If I had said, I will speak thus; Behold, I had dealt treacherously with the generation of thy children.
Psalm 73:16   When I thought how I might know this, It was too painful for me;
Psalm 73:17   Until I went into the sanctuary of God, And considered their latter end.
Psalm 73:18   Surely thou settest them in slippery places: Thou castest them down to destruction.
Psalm 73:19   How are they become a desolation in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors.
Psalm 73:20   As a dream when one awaketh, So, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou wilt despise their image.
Psalm 73:21   For my soul was grieved, And I was pricked in my heart:
Psalm 73:22   So brutish was I, and ignorant; I was as a beast before thee.
Psalm 73:23   Nevertheless I am continually with thee: Thou hast holden my right hand.
Psalm 73:24   Thou wilt guide me with thy counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.
Psalm 73:25   Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee.
Psalm 73:26   My flesh and my heart faileth; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.
Psalm 73:27   For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: Thou hast destroyed all them that play the harlot, departing from thee.
Psalm 73:28   But 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.
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