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Psalm 73


The End of the Wicked Contrasted with That of the Righteous.

A Psalm of Asaph.

Psalm 73:1   Surely God is good to Israel, To those who are pure in heart!
Psalm 73:2   But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling, My steps had almost slipped.
Psalm 73:3   For I was envious of the arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Psalm 73:4   For there are no pains in their death, And their body is fat.
Psalm 73:5   They are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like mankind.
Psalm 73:6   Therefore pride is their necklace; The garment of violence covers them.
Psalm 73:7   Their eye bulges from fatness; The imaginations of their heart run riot.
Psalm 73:8   They mock and wickedly speak of oppression; They speak from on high.
Psalm 73:9   They have set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue parades through the earth.
Psalm 73:10   Therefore his people return to this place, And waters of abundance are drunk by them.
Psalm 73:11   They say, "How does God know? And is there knowledge with the Most High?"
Psalm 73:12   Behold, these are the wicked; And always at ease, they have increased in wealth.
Psalm 73:13   Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure And washed my hands in innocence;
Psalm 73:14   For I have been stricken all day long And chastened every morning.
Psalm 73:15   If I had said, "I will speak thus," Behold, I would have betrayed the generation of Your children.
Psalm 73:16   When I pondered to understand this, It was troublesome in my sight
Psalm 73:17   Until I came into the sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end.
Psalm 73:18   Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.
Psalm 73:19   How they are destroyed in a moment! They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors!
Psalm 73:20   Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when aroused, You will despise their form.
Psalm 73:21   When my heart was embittered And I was pierced within,
Psalm 73:22   Then I was senseless and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.
Psalm 73:23   Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand.
Psalm 73:24   With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory.
Psalm 73:25   Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
Psalm 73:26   My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:27   For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You.
Psalm 73:28   But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.
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