For I envied1 the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.2
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They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.
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They are free3 from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills.
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Therefore pride4 is their necklace;5 they clothe themselves with violence.6
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From their callous hearts7 comes iniquity; the evil conceits of their minds know no limits.
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They scoff, and speak with malice;8 in their arrogance9 they threaten oppression.10
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Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth.
Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance.
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They say, "How can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?"
This is what the wicked are like-- always carefree,11 they increase in wealth.12
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Surely in vain13 have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.14
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All day long I have been plagued;15 I have been punished every morning.
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If I had said, "I will speak thus," I would have betrayed your children.
When I tried to understand16 all this, it was oppressive to me
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till I entered the sanctuary17 of God; then I understood their final destiny.18
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Surely you place them on slippery ground;19 you cast them down to ruin.20
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How suddenly21 are they destroyed, completely swept away22 by terrors!
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As a dream23 when one awakes,24 so when you arise, O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.25
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When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,
I was senseless26 and ignorant; I was a brute beast27 before you.
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