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Psalm 73 ESV

God Is My Strength and Portion Forever

A Psalm of Asaph.

1 Truly God is good to 1Israel, to those who are 2pure in heart.

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2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped.
3 3For I was 4envious of the arrogant when I saw the 5prosperity of the wicked.

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4 For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek.
5 They are not in trouble as others are; they are not 6stricken like the rest of mankind.

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6 Therefore pride is 7their necklace; violence covers them as 8a garment.

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7 Their 9eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies.

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8 They scoff and 10speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression.

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9 They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth.
10 Therefore his people turn back to them, and find 11no fault in them.a

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    • î 73:10 - Probable reading; Hebrew the waters of a full cup are drained by them
      11 And they say, 12"How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?"

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      12 Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they 13increase in riches.

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          13 All in vain have I 14kept my heart clean and 15washed my hands in innocence.

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              14 For all the day long I have been 16stricken and 17rebuked 18every morning.

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                  15 If I had said, "I will speak thus," I would have betrayed 19the generation of your children.

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                  16 But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me 20a wearisome task,

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                  17 until I went into 21the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their 22end.

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                  18 Truly you set them in 23slippery places; you make them fall to ruin.

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                  19 How they are destroyed 24in a moment, swept away utterly by 25terrors!

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                  20 Like 26a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when 27you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.

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                  21 When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart,
                  22 I was 28brutish and ignorant; I was like 29a beast toward you.

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                  23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you 30hold my right hand.

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                  24 You 31guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will 32receive me to glory.

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                  25 33Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.

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                  26 34My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is 35the strengthb of my heart and my 36portion 37forever.

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                      27 For behold, those who are 38far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is 39unfaithful to you.

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                      28 But for me it is good to 40be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my 41refuge, that I may 42tell of all your works.

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                      • a 73:10 - Probable reading; Hebrew the waters of a full cup are drained by them
                      • b 73:26 - Hebrew rock