When I tried to understand1 all this, it was oppressive to me
till I entered the sanctuary2 of God; then I understood their final destiny.318
Surely you place them on slippery ground;4 you cast them down to ruin.519
How suddenly6 are they destroyed, completely swept away7 by terrors!
As a dream8 when one awakes,9 so when you arise, O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.1021
When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,
I was senseless11 and ignorant; I was a brute beast12 before you.
Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.1324
You guide14 me with your counsel,15 and afterward you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?16 And earth has nothing I desire besides you.1726
My flesh and my heart18 may fail,19 but God is the strength20 of my heart and my portion21 forever.