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Psalm 73

A Psalm of Asaph.

73 1Surely God is good to Israel,

Even to such as are pure in heart.

2But as for me, my feet were almost gone;

My steps had well nigh slipped.

3For I was envious at the arrogant,

When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4For there are no pangs in their death;

But their strength is firm.

5They are not in trouble as other men;

Neither are they plagued like other men.

6Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck;

Violence covereth them as a garment.

7Their eyes stand out with fatness:

They have more than heart could wish.

8They scoff, and in wickedness utter oppression:

They speak loftily.

9They have set their mouth in the heavens,

And their tongue walketh through the earth.

10Therefore his people return hither:

And waters of a full cup are drained by them.

11And they say, How doth God know?

And is there knowledge in the Most High?

12Behold, these are the wicked;

And, being alway at ease, they increase in riches.

13Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart,

And washed my hands in innocency;

14For all the day long have I been plagued,

And achastened every morning.

15If I had said, I will speak thus;

Behold, I had dealt treacherously with the generation of thy children.

16When I thought how I might know this,

It was too painful for me;

17Until I went into the sanctuary of God,

And considered their latter end.

18Surely thou settest them in slippery places:

Thou castest them down to destruction.

19How are they become a desolation in a moment!

They are utterly consumed with terrors.

20As a dream when one awaketh,

So, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou wilt despise their image.

21For my soul was grieved,

And I was pricked in my heart:

22So brutish was I, and ignorant;

I was as a beast before thee.

23Nevertheless I am continually with thee:

Thou hast holden my right hand.

24Thou wilt guide me with thy counsel,

And afterward receive me to glory.

25Whom have I in heaven but thee?

And there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee.

26My flesh and my heart faileth;

But God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.

27For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish:

Thou hast destroyed all them that play the harlot, departing from thee.

28But it is good for me to draw near unto God:

I have made the Lord Jehovah my refuge,

That I may tell of all thy works.

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