Psalm 73 NIV


Psalms 73-89

A psalm of Asaph.

1 Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.1

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2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;2 I had nearly lost my foothold.3

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3 For I envied4 the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.5

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4 They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.a

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    • a 73:4 - With a different word division of the Hebrew; Masoretic Text "struggles at their death; / their bodies are healthy"
      5 They are free6 from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills.

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      6 Therefore pride7 is their necklace;8 they clothe themselves with violence.9

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      7 From their callous hearts10 comes iniquityb; the evil conceits of their minds know no limits.

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        • b 73:7 - Syriac (see also Septuagint); Hebrew "Their eyes bulge with fat"
          8 They scoff, and speak with malice;11 in their arrogance12 they threaten oppression.13

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          9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth.
          10 Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance.c

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            • c 73:10 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
              11 They say, "How can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?"
              12 This is what the wicked are like-- always carefree,14 they increase in wealth.15

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                  13 Surely in vain16 have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.17

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                  14 All day long I have been plagued;18 I have been punished every morning.

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                      15 If I had said, "I will speak thus," I would have betrayed your children.
                      16 When I tried to understand19 all this, it was oppressive to me

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                      17 till I entered the sanctuary20 of God; then I understood their final destiny.21

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                      18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;22 you cast them down to ruin.23

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                      19 How suddenly24 are they destroyed, completely swept away25 by terrors!

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                      20 As a dream26 when one awakes,27 so when you arise, O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.28

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                      21 When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,
                      22 I was senseless29 and ignorant; I was a brute beast30 before you.

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                          23 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.31

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                          24 You guide32 me with your counsel,33 and afterward you will take me into glory.

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                          25 Whom have I in heaven but you?34 And earth has nothing I desire besides you.35

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                          26 My flesh and my heart36 may fail,37 but God is the strength38 of my heart and my portion39 forever.

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                          27 Those who are far from you will perish;40 you destroy all who are unfaithful41 to you.

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                          28 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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