Psalm 73 (Lexham English Bible)

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A song of Asaph.

The Wicked and the Righteous Contrasted

1 aSurely God is good to Israel, to those pure of heart. 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. 4 For there are no pains up to their death, and their bodies [are] {healthy}.c 5 They do not have {ordinary trouble},d and they are not plagued as [other] people.e 6 Therefore pride is their necklace; an outfit of violence covers them. 7 Their eye bulges from fat.f Imaginings overflow [their] heart. 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. 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 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 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 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 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. 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.
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