Psalm 73 CSB

God's Ways Vindicated

A psalm of Asaph.

1 God is indeed good to Israel, to the pure in heart.

References for Psalms 73:1

      2 But as for me, my feet almost slipped; my steps nearly went astray.
      3 For I envied the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked.a

      References for Psalms 73:3

        • a 73:3 - Ps 37:1; Pr 23:17; 24:1
          4 They have an easy time until they die,b and their bodies are well-fed.c

          References for Psalms 73:4

            • b 73:4 - Lit For there are no pangs to their death
            • c 73:4 - Lit fat
              5 They are not in trouble like others; they are not afflicted like most people.
              6 Therefore, pride is their necklace, and violence covers them like a garment.
              7 Their eyes bulge out from fatness; the imaginations of their hearts run wild.
              8 They mock, and they speak maliciously; they arrogantly threaten oppression.
              9 They set their mouths against heaven, and their tongues strut across the earth.
              10 Therefore His people turn to themd and drink in their overflowing waters.e

              References for Psalms 73:10

                • d 73:10 - Lit turn here
                • e 73:10 - Lit and waters of fullness are drained by them
                  11 They say, "How can God know? Does the Most High know everything?"f

                  References for Psalms 73:11

                    • f 73:11 - Ps 10:4,11; Isa 29:15
                      12 Look at them-the wicked! They are always at ease, and they increase their wealth.
                      13 Did I purify my heart and wash my hands in innocenceg for nothing?

                      References for Psalms 73:13

                        • g 73:13 - Ps 24:4; 26:6; Mt 27:24
                          14 For I am afflicted all day long, and punished every morning.
                          15 If I had decided to say these things [aloud], I would have betrayed Your people.h

                          References for Psalms 73:15

                            • h 73:15 - Lit betrayed the generation of Your sons
                              16 When I tried to understand all this, it seemed hopelessi

                              References for Psalms 73:16

                                • i 73:16 - Lit it was trouble in my eyes
                                  17 until I entered God's sanctuary. Then I understood their destiny.j

                                  References for Psalms 73:17

                                    • j 73:17 - Dt 32:20; Pr 14:12; Jr 29:11
                                      18 Indeed You put them in slippery places; You make them fall into ruin.
                                      19 How suddenly they become a desolation! They come to an end, swept away by terrors.
                                      20 Like one waking from a dream, Lord, when arising, You will despise their image.k

                                      References for Psalms 73:20

                                        • k 73:20 - Ps 35:23; 59:5
                                          21 When I became embittered and my innermost beingl was wounded,

                                          References for Psalms 73:21

                                            • l 73:21 - Lit my kidneys
                                              22 I was a fool and didn't understand; I was an unthinking animal toward You.
                                              23 Yet I am always with You; You hold my right hand.
                                              24 You guide me with Your counsel, and afterwards You will take me up in glory.m

                                              References for Psalms 73:24

                                                • m 73:24 - Or will receive me with honor
                                                  25 Whom do I have in heaven but You? And I desire nothing on earth but You.
                                                  26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strengthn of my heart, my portion forever.o

                                                  References for Psalms 73:26

                                                    • n 73:26 - Lit rock
                                                    • o 73:26 - 1 Sm 2:2; 2 Sm 22:31-32; Isa 26:4
                                                      27 Those far from You will certainly perish; You destroy all who are unfaithful to You.
                                                      28 But as for me, God's presence is my good. I have made the Lord God my refuge, so I can tell about all You do.