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Psalm 73 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 A psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure. 1 Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.
2 But as for me, I came so close to the edge of the cliff! My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone. 2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.
3 For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness. 3 For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 They seem to live such a painless life; their bodies are so healthy and strong. 4 They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.
5 They aren't troubled like other people or plagued with problems like everyone else. 5 They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills.
6 They wear pride like a jeweled necklace, and their clothing is woven of cruelty. 6 Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence.
7 These fat cats have everything their hearts could ever wish for! 7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity; the evil conceits of their minds know no limits.
8 They scoff and speak only evil; in their pride they seek to crush others. 8 They scoff, and speak with malice; in their arrogance they threaten oppression.
9 They boast against the very heavens, and their words strut throughout the earth. 9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10 And so the people are dismayed and confused, drinking in all their words. 10 Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance.
11 "Does God realize what is going on?" they ask. "Is the Most High even aware of what is happening?" 11 They say, "How can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?"
12 Look at these arrogant people -- enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply. 12 This is what the wicked are like-- always carefree, they increase in wealth.
13 Was it for nothing that I kept my heart pure and kept myself from doing wrong? 13 Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.
14 All I get is trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain. 14 All day long I have been plagued; I have been punished every morning.
15 If I had really spoken this way, I would have been a traitor to your people. 15 If I had said, "I will speak thus," I would have betrayed your children.
16 So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. But what a difficult task it is! 16 When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me
17 Then one day I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I thought about the destiny of the wicked. 17 till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.
18 Truly, you put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction. 18 Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin.
19 In an instant they are destroyed, swept away by terrors. 19 How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!
20 Their present life is only a dream that is gone when they awake. When you arise, O Lord, you will make them vanish from this life. 20 As a dream when one awakes, so when you arise, O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.
21 Then I realized how bitter I had become, how pained I had been by all I had seen. 21 When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,
22 I was so foolish and ignorant -- I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. 22 I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.
23 Yet I still belong to you; you are holding my right hand. 23 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
24 You will keep on guiding me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. 24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
27 But those who desert him will perish, for you destroy those who abandon you. 27 Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign LORD my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do. 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.