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!

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2 But as for me, 3my feet came close to stumbling, My steps had almost slipped.

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    • a 73:2 - Lit "were caused to slip"
      3 For I was 4envious of the arrogant As I saw the 5prosperity of the wicked.

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      4 For there are no pains in their death, And their body is fat.

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        • c 73:4 - Or "belly"
          5 They are 6not in trouble as other men, Nor are they 7plagued like mankind.

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            • d 73:5 - Lit "in the trouble of men"
            • e 73:5 - Or "mortals"
            • f 73:5 - Lit "with"
              6 Therefore pride is 8their necklace; The 9garment of violence covers them.

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              7 Their eye bulges from 10fatness; The imaginations of their heart run riot.

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                • g 73:7 - Lit "goes forth"
                • h 73:7 - Lit "overflow"
                  8 They 11mock and wickedly speak of oppression; They 12speak from on high.

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                    • i 73:8 - Or "they speak in wickedness; From on high they speak of oppression"
                      9 They have 13set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue parades through the earth.

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                          10 Therefore his people return to this place, And waters of 14abundance are drunk by them.

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                              11 They say, "15How does God know? And is there knowledge with the Most High?"

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                              12 Behold, 16these are the wicked; And always 17at ease, they have increased in wealth.

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                              13 Surely 18in vain I have kept my heart pure And 19washed my hands in innocence;

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                                • o 73:13 - Or "cleansed my heart"
                                  14 For I have been stricken 20all day long And 21chastened every morning.

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                                    • p 73:14 - Lit "my chastening"
                                      15 If I had said, "I will speak thus," Behold, I would have betrayed the 22generation of Your children.

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                                      16 When I 23pondered to understand this, It was troublesome in my sight

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                                        • q 73:16 - Lit "labor, trouble"
                                          17 Until I came into the 24sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their 25end.

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                                            • r 73:17 - Lit "sanctuaries"
                                              18 Surely You set them in 26slippery places; You cast them down to 27destruction.

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                                                  19 How they are 28destroyed in a moment! They are utterly swept away by 29sudden terrors!

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                                                    • t 73:19 - Lit "become a desolation"
                                                      20 Like a 30dream when one awakes, O Lord, when 31aroused, You will 32despise their form.

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                                                      21 When my 33heart was embittered And I was 34pierced within,

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                                                        • v 73:21 - Lit "in my kidneys"
                                                          22 Then I was 35senseless and ignorant *; I was like a 36beast before You.

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                                                            • w 73:22 - Or "an animal"
                                                            • x 73:22 - Lit "with You"
                                                              23 Nevertheless 37I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand.

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                                                              24 With Your counsel You will 38guide me, And afterward 39receive me to glory.

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                                                                • y 73:24 - Or "with honor"
                                                                  25 40Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.

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                                                                  26 My 41flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my 42portion forever.

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                                                                  27 For, behold, 43those who are far from You will 44perish; You have destroyed all those who 45are unfaithful to You.

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                                                                    • | 73:27 - Or "silenced"
                                                                    • } 73:27 - Lit "go to a whoring from"
                                                                      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.

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                                                                        • ~ 73:28 - Heb "YHWH," usually rendered LORD