Psalm 73
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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 had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.
3For I envied those who are proud, as I observed the prosperity of the wicked. 3For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4For they suffer no pain; their bodies are strong and well-fed. 4They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.
5They are immune to the trouble common to men; they do not suffer as other men do. 5They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills.
6Arrogance is their necklace, and violence their clothing. 6Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence.
7Their prosperity causes them to do wrong; their thoughts are sinful. 7From their callous hearts comes iniquity; their evil imaginations have no limits.
8They mock and say evil things; they proudly threaten violence. 8They scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression.
9They speak as if they rule in heaven, and lay claim to the earth. 9Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10Therefore they have more than enough food to eat, and even suck up the water of the sea. 10Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance.
11They say, "How does God know what we do? Is the sovereign one aware of what goes on?" 11They say, "How would God know? Does the Most High know anything?"
12Take a good look! This is what the wicked are like, those who always have it so easy and get richer and richer. 12This is what the wicked are like-- always free of care, they go on amassing 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 have washed my hands in innocence.
14I suffer all day long, and am punished every morning." 14All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments.
15If I had publicized these thoughts, I would have betrayed your loyal followers. 15If I had spoken out like that, I would have betrayed your children.
16When I tried to make sense of this, it was troubling to me. 16When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply
17Then I entered the precincts of God's temple, and understood the destiny of the wicked. 17till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.
18Surely you put them in slippery places; you bring them down to ruin. 18Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin.
19How desolate they become in a mere moment! Terrifying judgments make their demise complete! 19How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!
20They are like a dream after one wakes up. O Lord, when you awake you will despise them. 20They are like a dream when one awakes; when you arise, Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.
21Yes, my spirit was bitter, and my insides felt sharp pain. 21When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,
22I was ignorant and lacked insight; I was as senseless as an animal before you. 22I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.
23But I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. 23Yet I am always with you; you hold me by 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 into 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 earth has nothing I desire besides 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 and my portion forever.
27Yes, look! Those far from you die; you destroy everyone who is unfaithful to you. 27Those who are far from you will 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, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.
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