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 those pure in heart.
2But as for me, my feet almost slipped; my feet almost slid out from under me. 2Now as for me, my feet nearly stumbled, as I almost lost my step.
3For I envied those who are proud, as I observed the prosperity of the wicked. 3For I was envious of the proud when I observed the prosperity of the wicked.
4For they suffer no pain; their bodies are strong and well-fed. 4For there is no struggle at their deaths, and their bodies are healthy.
5They are immune to the trouble common to men; they do not suffer as other men do. 5They do not experience problems common to ordinary people; they aren't afflicted as others are.
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 from obesity and the imaginations of their mind cross the border into sin.
8They mock and say evil things; they proudly threaten violence. 8In their mockery they speak evil; from their arrogant position they speak oppression.
9They speak as if they rule in heaven, and lay claim to the earth. 9They choose to speak against heaven; while they talk about things on earth.
10Therefore they have more than enough food to eat, and even suck up the water of the sea. 10Therefore God's people return there and drink it all in like water until they're satiated.
11They say, "How does God know what we do? Is the sovereign one aware of what goes on?" 11Then they say, "How can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?"
12Take a good look! This is what the wicked are like, those who always have it so easy and get richer and richer. 12Just look at these wicked people! They're perpetually carefree as they increase their wealth.
13I concluded, "Surely in vain I have kept my motives pure and maintained a pure lifestyle. 13I kept my heart pure for nothing and kept my hands clean from guilt.
14I suffer all day long, and am punished every morning." 14For I suffer all day long and I am punished every morning.
15If I had publicized these thoughts, I would have betrayed your loyal followers. 15If I say, "I will talk like this," I would betray a generation of your children.
16When I tried to make sense of this, it was troubling to me. 16When I tried to understand this, it was too difficult for me
17Then I entered the precincts of God's temple, and understood the destiny of the wicked. 17until I entered the sanctuaries of God. Then I understood their destiny.
18Surely you put them in slippery places; you bring them down to ruin. 18You have certainly set them in slippery places; you will make them fall to their ruin.
19How desolate they become in a mere moment! Terrifying judgments make their demise complete! 19How desolate they quickly become, completely destroyed by calamities.
20They are like a dream after one wakes up. O Lord, when you awake you will despise them. 20Like a dream when one awakens, Lord, you will despise their image when you arise.
21Yes, my spirit was bitter, and my insides felt sharp pain. 21When I chose to be bitter I was emotionally pained.
22I was ignorant and lacked insight; I was as senseless as an animal before you. 22Then, I was too stupid and didn't realize I was acting like a wild animal with you.
23But I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. 23But now I am always with you, for you keep holding my right hand.
24You guide me by your wise advice, and then you will lead me to a position of honor. 24You will guide me with your wise advice, and later you will receive me with honor.
25Whom do I have in heaven but you? I desire no one but you on earth. 25Whom do I have in heaven but you? I desire nothing on this earth.
26My flesh and my heart may grow weak, but God always protects my heart and gives me stability. 26My body and mind may fail, but God is my strength and my portion forever.
27Yes, look! Those far from you die; you destroy everyone who is unfaithful to you. 27Those far from you will perish; you will destroy those 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. 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.
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Psalm 72
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