Psalm 73
JPS Tanakh 1917

ספר שלישי

1A Psalm of Asaph.

Surely God is good to Israel,
Even to such as are pure in heart.
2But as for me, my feet were almost gone;
My steps had well nigh slipped.
3For I was envious at the arrogant,
When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4For there are no pangs at their death,
And their body is sound.
5In the trouble of man they are not;
Neither are they plagued like men.
6Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck;
Violence covereth them as a garment.
7Their eyes stand forth from fatness;
They are gone beyond the imaginations of their heart.
8They scoff, and in wickedness utter oppression;
They speak as if there were none on high.
9They have set their mouth against the heavens,
And their tongue walketh through the earth.
10Therefore His people return hither;
And waters of fullness are drained out by them.
11And they say: ‘How doth God know?
And is there knowledge in the Most High?’
12Behold, such are the wicked;
And they that are always at ease increase riches.
13Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart,
And washed my hands in innocency;
14For all the day have I been plagued,
And my chastisement came every morning.

15If I had said: ‘I will speak thus’,
Behold, I had been faithless to the generation of Thy children.
16And when I pondered how I might know this,
It was wearisome in mine eyes;
17Until I entered into the sanctuary of God,
And considered their end.
18Surely Thou settest them in slippery places;
Thou hurlest them down to utter ruin.
19How are they become a desolation in a moment!
They are wholly consumed by terrors.
20As a dream when one awaketh,
So, O Lord, when Thou arousest Thyself, Thou wilt despise their semblance.
21For my heart was in a ferment,
And I was pricked in my reins.
22But I was brutish, and ignorant;
I was as a beast before Thee.

23Nevertheless I am continually with Thee;
Thou holdest my right hand.
24Thou wilt guide me with Thy counsel,
And afterward receive me with glory.
25Whom have I in heaven but Thee?
And beside Thee I desire none upon earth.
26My flesh and my heart faileth;
But God is the rock of my heart and my portion for ever.
27For, lo, they that go far from Thee shall perish;
Thou dost destroy all them that go astray from Thee.
28But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,
That I may tell of all Thy works.

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