Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.1
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But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;2 I had nearly lost my foothold.3
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For I envied4 the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.5
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They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.
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They are free6 from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills.
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Therefore pride7 is their necklace;8 they clothe themselves with violence.9
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From their callous hearts10 comes iniquity; the evil conceits of their minds know no limits.
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They scoff, and speak with malice;11 in their arrogance12 they threaten oppression.13
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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,14 they increase in wealth.15
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Surely in vain16 have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.17
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All day long I have been plagued;18 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 understand19 all this, it was oppressive to me
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till I entered the sanctuary20 of God; then I understood their final destiny.21
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Surely you place them on slippery ground;22 you cast them down to ruin.23
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How suddenly24 are they destroyed, completely swept away25 by terrors!
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As a dream26 when one awakes,27 so when you arise, O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.28
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When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,
I was senseless29 and ignorant; I was a brute beast30 before you.
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Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.31
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You guide32 me with your counsel,33 and afterward you will take me into glory.
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Whom have I in heaven but you?34 And earth has nothing I desire besides you.35
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My flesh and my heart36 may fail,37 but God is the strength38 of my heart and my portion39 forever.
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Those who are far from you will perish;40 you destroy all who are unfaithful41 to you.
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But as for me, it is good to be near God.42 I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;43 I will tell of all your deeds.44
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