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Psalm 73 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) New International Version (NIV)
1 A psalm of Asaf: How good God is to Isra'el, to those who are pure in heart! 1 Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.
2 But as for me, I lost my balance, my feet nearly slipped, 2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.
3 when I grew envious of the arrogant and saw how the wicked prosper. 3 For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 For when their death comes, it is painless; and meanwhile, their bodies are healthy; 4 They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.
5 they don't have ordinary people's troubles, they aren't plagued like others. 5 They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills.
6 So for them, pride is a necklace; and violence clothes them like a robe. 6 Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence.
7 Their eyes peep out through folds of fat; evil thoughts overflow from their hearts. 7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity; the evil conceits of their minds know no limits.
8 They scoff and speak with malice, they loftily utter threats. 8 They scoff, and speak with malice; in their arrogance they threaten oppression.
9 They set their mouths against heaven; their tongues swagger through the earth. 9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10 Therefore his people return here and [thoughtlessly] suck up that whole cup of water. 10 Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance.
11 Then they ask, "How does God know? Does the Most High really have knowledge?" 11 They say, "How can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?"
12 Yes, this is what the wicked are like; those free of misfortune keep increasing their wealth. 12 This is what the wicked are like-- always carefree, they increase in wealth.
13 It's all for nothing that I've kept my heart clean and washed my hands, staying free of guilt; 13 Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.
14 for all day long I am plagued; my punishment comes every morning. 14 All day long I have been plagued; I have been punished every morning.
15 If I had said, "I will talk like them,"I would have betrayed a generation of your children. 15 If I had said, "I will speak thus," I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tried to understand all this, I found it too hard for me - 16 When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me
17 until I went into the sanctuaries of God and grasped what their destiny would be. 17 till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.
18 Indeed, you place them on a slippery slope and make them fall to their ruin. 18 Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin.
19 How suddenly they are destroyed, swept away by terrors! 19 How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!
20 They are like a dream when one awakens; Adonai, when you rouse yourself, you will despise their phantoms. 20 As a dream when one awakes, so when you arise, O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.
21 When I had a sour attitude and felt stung by pained emotions, 21 When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,
22 I was too stupid to understand; I was like a brute beast with you. 22 I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.
23 Nevertheless, I am always with you; you hold my right hand. 23 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
24 You will guide me with your advice; and afterwards, you will receive me with honor. 24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom do I have in heaven but you? And with you, I lack nothing on earth. 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My mind and body may fail; but God is the rock for my mind and my portion forever. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
27 Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who adulterously leave you. 27 Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made Adonai ELOHIM my refuge, so that I can tell of all your works. 28 But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.