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Psalm 73

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The prophet, prevailing in a temptation,

A Psalm by Asaph.

73:1 Surely God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.

shews the occasion thereof, the prosperity of the wicked;

73:2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone.
My steps had nearly slipped.

73:3 For I was envious of the arrogant,
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

73:4 For there are no struggles in their death,
but their strength is firm.

73:5 They are free from burdens of men,
neither are they plagued like other men.

73:6 Therefore pride is like a chain around their neck.
Violence covers them like a garment.

73:7 Their eyes bulge with fat.
Their minds pass the limits of conceit.

73:8 They scoff and speak with malice.
In arrogance, they threaten oppression.

73:9 They have set their mouth in the heavens.
Their tongue walks through the earth.

73:10 Therefore their people return to them,
and they drink up waters of abundance.

73:11 They say,

“How does God know?
Is there knowledge in the Most High?”

73:12 Behold, these are the wicked.
Being always at ease, they increase in riches.

the wound given thereby, diffidence;

73:13 Surely in vain I have cleansed my heart,
and washed my hands in innocence,

73:14 For all day long have I been plagued,
and punished every morning.

the victory over it, knowledge of God's purpose, in destroying the wicked, and sustaining the righteous.

73:15 If I had said,

"I will speak thus;”
behold, I would have betrayed the generation of your children.

73:16 When I tried to understand this,
it was too painful for me;

73:17 Until I entered God’s sanctuary,
and considered their latter end.

73:18 Surely you set them in slippery places.
You throw them down to destruction.

73:19 How they are suddenly destroyed!
They are completely swept away with terrors.

73:20 As a dream when one wakes up,
so, Lord, when you awake, you will despise their fantasies.

73:21 For my soul was grieved.
I was embittered in my heart.

73:22 I was so senseless and ignorant.
I was a brute beast before you.

73:23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you.
You have held my right hand.

73:24 You will guide me with your counsel,
and afterward receive me to glory.

73:25 Who do I have in heaven?
There is no one on earth who I desire besides you.

73:26 My flesh and my heart fails,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

73:27 For, behold, those who are far from you shall perish.
You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to you.

73:28 But it is good for me to come close to God.
I have made the Lord Yahweh my refuge,
that I may tell of all your works.

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