BOOK 3

The End of the Wicked Contrasted with That of the Righteous.

1 Surely God is 1 good to Israel, To those who are 2 pure in heart!
2 But as for me, 3my feet came close to stumbling, My steps had almost slipped.
3 For I was 4envious of the arrogant As I saw the 5prosperity of the wicked.
4 For there are no pains in their death, And their body is fat.
5 They are 6not in trouble as other men, Nor are they 7plagued like mankind.
6 Therefore pride is 8their necklace; The 9garment of violence covers them.
7 Their eye bulges from 10fatness; The imaginations of their heart run riot.
8 They 11mock and wickedly speak of oppression; They 12speak from on high.
9 They have 13set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue parades through the earth.
10 Therefore his people return to this place, And waters of 14abundance are drunk by them.
11 They say, "15How does God know? And is there knowledge with the Most High?"
12 Behold, 16these are the wicked; And always 17at ease, they have increased in wealth.
13 Surely 18in vain I have kept my heart pure And 19washed my hands in innocence;
14 For I have been stricken 20all day long And 21chastened every morning.
15 If I had said, "I will speak thus," Behold, I would have betrayed the 22generation of Your children.
16 When I 23pondered to understand this, It was troublesome in my sight
17 Until I came into the 24sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their 25end.
18 Surely You set them in 26slippery places; You cast them down to 27destruction.
19 How they are 28destroyed in a moment! They are utterly swept away by 29sudden terrors!
20 Like a 30dream when one awakes, O Lord, when 31aroused, You will 32despise their form.
21 When my 33heart was embittered And I was 34pierced within,
22 Then I was 35senseless and ignorant *; I was like a 36beast before You.
23 Nevertheless 37I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand.
24 With Your counsel You will 38guide me, And afterward 39receive me to glory.
25 40Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
26 My 41flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my 42portion forever.
27 For, behold, 43those who are far from You will 44perish; You have destroyed all those who 45are unfaithful to You.
28 But as for me, 46the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my 47refuge, That I may 48tell of all Your works.