Psalm 73:1-14 NIV

BOOK III

Psalms 73–89

A psalm of Asaph.

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

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

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3 For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

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

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

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      6 Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence.

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      7 From their callous hearts comes iniquityb ; their evil imaginations have no limits.

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        • ġ 73:7 - Syriac (see also Septuagint); Hebrew "Their eyes bulge with fat"
          8 They scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression.

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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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            • Ģ 73:10 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
              11 They say, “How would God know? Does the Most High know anything?”
              12 This is what the wicked are like— always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.

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                  13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence.

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                  14 All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments.

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