A psalm of Asaf: How good God is to Isra'el, to those who are pure in heart!
But as for me, I lost my balance, my feet nearly slipped,
when I grew envious of the arrogant and saw how the wicked prosper.
For when their death comes, it is painless; and meanwhile, their bodies are healthy;
they don't have ordinary people's troubles, they aren't plagued like others.
So for them, pride is a necklace; and violence clothes them like a robe.
Their eyes peep out through folds of fat; evil thoughts overflow from their hearts.
They scoff and speak with malice, they loftily utter threats.
They set their mouths against heaven; their tongues swagger through the earth.
Therefore his people return here and [thoughtlessly] suck up that whole cup of water.
Then they ask, "How does God know? Does the Most High really have knowledge?"
Yes, this is what the wicked are like; those free of misfortune keep increasing their wealth.
It's all for nothing that I've kept my heart clean and washed my hands, staying free of guilt;
for all day long I am plagued; my punishment comes every morning.
If I had said, "I will talk like them,"I would have betrayed a generation of your children.
When I tried to understand all this, I found it too hard for me -
until I went into the sanctuaries of God and grasped what their destiny would be.
Indeed, you place them on a slippery slope and make them fall to their ruin.
How suddenly they are destroyed, swept away by terrors!
They are like a dream when one awakens; Adonai, when you rouse yourself, you will despise their phantoms.
When I had a sour attitude and felt stung by pained emotions,
I was too stupid to understand; I was like a brute beast with you.
Nevertheless, I am always with you; you hold my right hand.
You will guide me with your advice; and afterwards, you will receive me with honor.
Whom do I have in heaven but you? And with you, I lack nothing on earth.
My mind and body may fail; but God is the rock for my mind and my portion forever.
Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who adulterously leave you.
But for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made Adonai ELOHIM my refuge, so that I can tell of all your works.