Psalm 73 LEB

A song of Asaph.

The Wicked and the Righteous Contrasted

1 aSurely God is good to Israel, to those pure of heart.

References for Psalms 73:1

    • ɰ 73:1 - The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
      2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled. My steps had nearly slipped,
      3 because I envied the boastful [when] I saw [the] well-beingb of [the] wicked.

      References for Psalms 73:3

        • ɱ 73:3 - Or "peace" or "prosperity"
          4 For there are no pains up to their death, and their bodies [are] {healthy}.c

          References for Psalms 73:4

            • ɲ 73:4 - Literally "fat"
              5 They do not have {ordinary trouble},d and they are not plagued as [other] people.e

              References for Psalms 73:5

                • ɳ 73:5 - Literally "the trouble of man"
                • ɴ 73:5 - Hebrew "humankind"
                  6 Therefore pride is their necklace; an outfit of violence covers them.
                  7 Their eye bulges from fat.f Imaginings overflow [their] heart.

                  References for Psalms 73:7

                    • ɵ 73:7 - A slightly different Hebrew reading might be reflected in the LXX's "their iniquity comes out of fatness"
                      8 They mock and speak maliciously of oppression; they speak [as though] from on high.
                      9 They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue roams the earth.
                      10 Therefore his people turn there,g and abundant waters are slurped up by them.

                      References for Psalms 73:10

                        • ɶ 73:10 - That is, toward the wicked
                          11 And they say, "How does God know?" and, "Does the Most High have knowledge?"
                          12 See, these [are the] wicked, and they increase wealth, ever carefree.
                          13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure, and washed my hands in innocence.
                          14 And I have been plagued all day and rebuked {every morning}.h

                          References for Psalms 73:14

                            • ɷ 73:14 - Literally "to the mornings"
                              15 If I had said, "I will speak thus," behold, I would have acted treacherously against your children's generation.
                              16 When I thought about [how] to understand this, it [was] troubling in my eyes
                              17 until I went into the sanctuary of God. [Then] I understood their fate.
                              18 Surely you set them on slippery places. You cause them to fall onto ruin.i

                              References for Psalms 73:18

                                • ɸ 73:18 - Or "fall for deceptions"
                                  19 How they become a desolation in a moment! They come to a complete end by terrors.
                                  20 Like a dream upon awakening, when [you] wake up, O Lord, you will despise their fleeting form.j

                                  References for Psalms 73:20

                                      21 When my heart was embittered and I felt stabbed in my kidneys,
                                      22 then I was brutish and ignorant. With you I was [like] the beasts.
                                      23 But I [am] continually with you; you have hold of my right hand.
                                      24 You will guide me with your advice, and afterward you will take me [into] honor.k

                                      References for Psalms 73:24

                                        • ɺ 73:24 - Or "[to] glory"
                                          25 Whom do I have in the heavens [except you]? And with you I have no [other] desire on earth.
                                          26 My flesh and heart failed, [but] God [is] the {strength}l of my heart and my reward forever.

                                          References for Psalms 73:26

                                            • ɻ 73:26 - Literally "rock"
                                              27 For indeed, [those] distancing themselves from you will be ruined. You destroy each who abandons you for harlotry.
                                              28 But as for me, the approach to God [is] for my good. I have set the Lord Yahweh [as] my refuge, in order to tell all your works.