Psalm 73
King James BibleInternational Standard Version
1A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.1God is indeed good to Israel, to those pure in heart.
2But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.2Now as for me, my feet nearly stumbled, as I almost lost my step.
3For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.3For I was envious of the proud when I observed the prosperity of the wicked.
4For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.4For there is no struggle at their deaths, and their bodies are healthy.
5They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.5They do not experience problems common to ordinary people; they aren't afflicted as others are.
6Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.6Therefore pride is their necklace and violence covers them like a garment.
7Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.7Their eyes bulge from obesity and the imaginations of their mind cross the border into sin.
8They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.8In their mockery they speak evil; from their arrogant position they speak oppression.
9They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.9They choose to speak against heaven; while they talk about things on earth.
10Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.10Therefore God's people return there and drink it all in like water until they're satiated.
11And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?11Then they say, "How can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?"
12Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.12Just look at these wicked people! They're perpetually carefree as they increase their wealth.
13Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.13I kept my heart pure for nothing and kept my hands clean from guilt.
14For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.14For I suffer all day long and I am punished every morning.
15If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.15If I say, "I will talk like this," I would betray a generation of your children.
16When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;16When I tried to understand this, it was too difficult for me
17Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.17until I entered the sanctuaries of God. Then I understood their destiny.
18Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.18You have certainly set them in slippery places; you will make them fall to their ruin.
19How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.19How desolate they quickly become, completely destroyed by calamities.
20As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.20Like a dream when one awakens, Lord, you will despise their image when you arise.
21Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.21When I chose to be bitter I was emotionally pained.
22So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.22Then, I was too stupid and didn't realize I was acting like a wild animal with you.
23Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.23But now I am always with you, for you keep holding my right hand.
24Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.24You will guide me with your wise advice, and later you will receive me with honor.
25Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.25Whom do I have in heaven but you? I desire nothing on this earth.
26My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.26My body and mind may fail, but God is my strength and my portion forever.
27For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.27Those far from you will perish; you will destroy those who are unfaithful to you.
28But 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.28As for me, how good for me it is that God is near! I have made the Lord GOD my refuge so I can tell about all your deeds.
King James Bible, text courtesy of Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.1 Copyright © 1996-2012 The ISV Foundation
Psalm 72
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