Psalm Seventy Three

1: Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

2: But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.

3: For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4: For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.

5: They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.

6: Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.

7: :Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.

8: They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.

9: They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.

10: Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.

11: And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?

12: Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.

13: Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.

14: For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.

15: If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.

16: When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

17: Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

18: Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.

19: How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

20: As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.

21: Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.

22: So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.

23: Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.

24: Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

25: Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

26: My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

27: For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.

28: 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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