Psalm 73
NET BibleNew American Standard Bible 1995
1A psalm by Asaph. Certainly God is good to Israel, and to those whose motives are pure! 1A Psalm of Asaph. Surely God is good to Israel, To those who are 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 came close to stumbling, My steps had almost slipped.
3For I envied those who are proud, as I observed the prosperity of the wicked. 3For I was envious of the arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4For they suffer no pain; their bodies are strong and well-fed. 4For there are no pains in their death, And their body is fat.
5They are immune to the trouble common to men; they do not suffer as other men do. 5They are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like mankind.
6Arrogance is their necklace, and violence their clothing. 6Therefore pride is their necklace; The garment of violence covers them.
7Their prosperity causes them to do wrong; their thoughts are sinful. 7Their eye bulges from fatness; The imaginations of their heart run riot.
8They mock and say evil things; they proudly threaten violence. 8They mock and wickedly speak of oppression; They speak from on high.
9They speak as if they rule in heaven, and lay claim to the earth. 9They have set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue parades through the earth.
10Therefore they have more than enough food to eat, and even suck up the water of the sea. 10Therefore his people return to this place, And waters of abundance are drunk by them.
11They say, "How does God know what we do? Is the sovereign one aware of what goes on?" 11They say, "How does God know? And is there knowledge with the Most High?"
12Take a good look! This is what the wicked are like, those who always have it so easy and get richer and richer. 12Behold, these are the wicked; And always at ease, they have increased in wealth.
13I concluded, "Surely in vain I have kept my motives pure and maintained a pure lifestyle. 13Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure And washed my hands in innocence;
14I suffer all day long, and am punished every morning." 14For I have been stricken all day long And chastened every morning.
15If I had publicized these thoughts, I would have betrayed your loyal followers. 15If I had said, "I will speak thus," Behold, I would have betrayed the generation of Your children.
16When I tried to make sense of this, it was troubling to me. 16When I pondered to understand this, It was troublesome in my sight
17Then I entered the precincts of God's temple, and understood the destiny of the wicked. 17Until I came into the sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end.
18Surely you put them in slippery places; you bring them down to ruin. 18Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.
19How desolate they become in a mere moment! Terrifying judgments make their demise complete! 19How they are destroyed in a moment! They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors!
20They are like a dream after one wakes up. O Lord, when you awake you will despise them. 20Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when aroused, You will despise their form.
21Yes, my spirit was bitter, and my insides felt sharp pain. 21When my heart was embittered And I was pierced within,
22I was ignorant and lacked insight; I was as senseless as an animal before you. 22Then I was senseless and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.
23But I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. 23Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand.
24You guide me by your wise advice, and then you will lead me to a position of honor. 24With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory.
25Whom do I have in heaven but you? I desire no one but you on earth. 25Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
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 and my portion forever.
27Yes, look! Those far from you die; you destroy everyone who is unfaithful to you. 27For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed all 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. 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 Your works.
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