Psalm 73
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1A psalm by Asaph. Certainly God is good to Israel, and to those whose motives are pure! 1God is indeed good to Israel, to the pure in heart.
2But as for me, my feet almost slipped; my feet almost slid out from under me. 2But as for me, my feet almost slipped; my steps nearly went astray.
3For I envied those who are proud, as I observed the prosperity of the wicked. 3For I envied the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4For they suffer no pain; their bodies are strong and well-fed. 4They have an easy time until they die, and their bodies are well fed.
5They are immune to the trouble common to men; they do not suffer as other men do. 5They are not in trouble like others; they are not afflicted like most people.
6Arrogance is their necklace, and violence their clothing. 6Therefore, pride is their necklace, and violence covers them like a garment.
7Their prosperity causes them to do wrong; their thoughts are sinful. 7Their eyes bulge out from fatness; the imaginations of their hearts run wild.
8They mock and say evil things; they proudly threaten violence. 8They mock, and they speak maliciously; they arrogantly threaten oppression.
9They speak as if they rule in heaven, and lay claim to the earth. 9They set their mouths against heaven, and their tongues strut across the earth.
10Therefore they have more than enough food to eat, and even suck up the water of the sea. 10Therefore his people turn to them and drink in their overflowing words.
11They say, "How does God know what we do? Is the sovereign one aware of what goes on?" 11The wicked say, "How can God know? Does the Most High know everything?"
12Take a good look! This is what the wicked are like, those who always have it so easy and get richer and richer. 12Look at them--the wicked! They are always at ease, and they increase their wealth.
13I concluded, "Surely in vain I have kept my motives pure and maintained a pure lifestyle. 13Did I purify my heart and wash my hands in innocence for nothing?
14I suffer all day long, and am punished every morning." 14For I am afflicted all day long and punished every morning.
15If I had publicized these thoughts, I would have betrayed your loyal followers. 15If I had decided to say these things aloud, I would have betrayed your people.
16When I tried to make sense of this, it was troubling to me. 16When I tried to understand all this, it seemed hopeless
17Then I entered the precincts of God's temple, and understood the destiny of the wicked. 17until I entered God's sanctuary. Then I understood their destiny.
18Surely you put them in slippery places; you bring them down to ruin. 18Indeed, you put them in slippery places; you make them fall into ruin.
19How desolate they become in a mere moment! Terrifying judgments make their demise complete! 19How suddenly they become a desolation! They come to an end, swept away by terrors.
20They are like a dream after one wakes up. O Lord, when you awake you will despise them. 20Like one waking from a dream, Lord, when arising, you will despise their image.
21Yes, my spirit was bitter, and my insides felt sharp pain. 21When I became embittered and my innermost being was wounded,
22I was ignorant and lacked insight; I was as senseless as an animal before you. 22I was stupid and didn't understand; I was an unthinking animal toward you.
23But I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. 23Yet I am always with you; you hold my right hand.
24You guide me by your wise advice, and then you will lead me to a position of honor. 24You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me up in glory.
25Whom do I have in heaven but you? I desire no one but you on earth. 25Who do I have in heaven but you? And I desire nothing on earth but you.
26My flesh and my heart may grow weak, but God always protects my heart and gives me stability. 26My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever.
27Yes, look! Those far from you die; you destroy everyone who is unfaithful to you. 27Those far from you will certainly perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28But as for me, God's presence is all I need. I have made the sovereign LORD my shelter, as I declare all the things you have done. 28But as for me, God's presence is my good. I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, so I can tell about all you do.
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Psalm 72
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