This is what the wicked are like-- always carefree,1 they increase in wealth.213
Surely in vain3 have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.414
All day long I have been plagued;5 I have been punished every morning.
If I had said, "I will speak thus," I would have betrayed your children.
When I tried to understand6 all this, it was oppressive to me
till I entered the sanctuary7 of God; then I understood their final destiny.818
Surely you place them on slippery ground;9 you cast them down to ruin.1019
How suddenly11 are they destroyed, completely swept away12 by terrors!
As a dream13 when one awakes,14 so when you arise, O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.1521
When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,
I was senseless16 and ignorant; I was a brute beast17 before you.