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