Psalms 73 (asv)

Psalms 73 (asv)

A Psalm of Asaph.

73:1Surely God is good to Israel,

Even to such as are pure in heart.

73:2But as for me, my feet were almost gone;

My steps had well nigh slipped.

73:3For I was envious at the arrogant,

When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

73:4For there are no pangs in their death;

But their strength is firm.

73:5They are not in trouble as other men;

Neither are they plagued like other men.

73:6Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck;

Violence covereth them as a garment.

73:7Their eyes stand out with fatness:

They have more than heart could wish.

73:8They scoff, and in wickedness utter oppression:

They speak loftily.

73:9They have set their mouth in the heavens,

And their tongue walketh through the earth.

73:10Therefore his people return hither:

And waters of a full cup are drained by them.

73:11And they say, How doth God know?

And is there knowledge in the Most High?

73:12Behold, these are the wicked;

And, being alway at ease, they increase in riches.

73:13Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart,

And washed my hands in innocency;

73:14For all the day long have I been plagued,

And chastened every morning.

73:15If I had said, I will speak thus;

Behold, I had dealt treacherously with the generation of thy children.

73:16When I thought how I might know this,

It was too painful for me;

73:17Until I went into the sanctuary of God,

And considered their latter end.

73:18Surely thou settest them in slippery places:

Thou castest them down to destruction.

73:19How are they become a desolation in a moment!

They are utterly consumed with terrors.

73:20As a dream when one awaketh,

So, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou wilt despise their image.

73:21For my soul was grieved,

And I was pricked in my heart:

73:22So brutish was I, and ignorant;

I was as a beast before thee.

73:23Nevertheless I am continually with thee:

Thou hast holden my right hand.

73:24Thou wilt guide me with thy counsel,

And afterward receive me to glory.

73:25Whom have I in heaven but thee?

And there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee.

73:26My flesh and my heart faileth;

But God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.

73:27For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish:

Thou hast destroyed all them that play the harlot, departing from thee.

73:28But 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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