Psalm 73
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1A psalm by Asaph. Certainly God is good to Israel, and to those whose motives are pure! 1Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure.
2But as for me, my feet almost slipped; my feet almost slid out from under me. 2But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.
3For I envied those who are proud, as I observed the prosperity of the wicked. 3For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.
4For they suffer no pain; their bodies are strong and well-fed. 4They seem to live such painless lives; their bodies are so healthy and strong.
5They are immune to the trouble common to men; they do not suffer as other men do. 5They don’t have troubles like other people; they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else.
6Arrogance is their necklace, and violence their clothing. 6They wear pride like a jeweled necklace and clothe themselves with cruelty.
7Their prosperity causes them to do wrong; their thoughts are sinful. 7These fat cats have everything their hearts could ever wish for!
8They mock and say evil things; they proudly threaten violence. 8They scoff and speak only evil; in their pride they seek to crush others.
9They speak as if they rule in heaven, and lay claim to the earth. 9They boast against the very heavens, and their words strut throughout the earth.
10Therefore they have more than enough food to eat, and even suck up the water of the sea. 10And so the people are dismayed and confused, drinking in all their words.
11They say, "How does God know what we do? Is the sovereign one aware of what goes on?" 11“What does God know?” they ask. “Does the Most High even know what’s happening?”
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 these wicked people— enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply.
13I concluded, "Surely in vain I have kept my motives pure and maintained a pure lifestyle. 13Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?
14I suffer all day long, and am punished every morning." 14I get nothing but trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain.
15If I had publicized these thoughts, I would have betrayed your loyal followers. 15If I had really spoken this way to others, I would have been a traitor to your people.
16When I tried to make sense of this, it was troubling to me. 16So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. But what a difficult task it is!
17Then I entered the precincts of God's temple, and understood the destiny of the wicked. 17Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.
18Surely you put them in slippery places; you bring them down to ruin. 18Truly, you put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction.
19How desolate they become in a mere moment! Terrifying judgments make their demise complete! 19In an instant they are destroyed, completely swept away by terrors.
20They are like a dream after one wakes up. O Lord, when you awake you will despise them. 20When you arise, O Lord, you will laugh at their silly ideas as a person laughs at dreams in the morning.
21Yes, my spirit was bitter, and my insides felt sharp pain. 21Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside.
22I was ignorant and lacked insight; I was as senseless as an animal before you. 22I was so foolish and ignorant— I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
23But I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. 23Yet I still belong to 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, leading me to a glorious destiny.
25Whom do I have in heaven but you? I desire no one but you on earth. 25Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth.
26My flesh and my heart may grow weak, but God always protects my heart and gives me stability. 26My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.
27Yes, look! Those far from you die; you destroy everyone who is unfaithful to you. 27Those who desert him will perish, for you destroy those who abandon 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, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign LORD my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.
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Psalm 72
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