Psalm 73 (Douay-Rheims)

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1 (72-1) <A psalm for Asaph.> How good is God to Israel, to them that are of a right heart! 2 (72-2) But my feet were almost moved; my steps had well nigh slipped. 3 (72-3) Because I had a zeal on occasion of the wicked, seeing the prosperity of sinners. 4 (72-4) For there is no regard to their death, nor is there strength in their stripes. 5 (72-5) They are not in the labour of men: neither shall they be scourged like other men. 6 (72-6) Therefore pride hath held them fast: they are covered with their iniquity and their wickedness. 7 (72-7) Their iniquity hath come forth, as it were from fatness: they have passed into the affection of the heart. 8 (72-8) They have thought and spoken wickedness: they have spoken iniquity on high. 9 (72-9) They have set their mouth against heaven: and their tongue hath passed through the earth. 10 (72-10) Therefore will my people return here and full days shall be found in them. 11 (72-11) And they said: How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High? 12 (72-12) Behold these are sinners; and yet, abounding in the world they have obtained riches. 13 (72-13) And I said: Then have I in vain justified my heart, and washed my hands among the innocent. 14 (72-14) And I have been scourged all the day; and my chastisement hath been in the mornings. 15 (72-15) If I said: I will speak thus; behold I should condemn the generation of thy children. 16 (72-16) I studied that I might know this thing, it is a labour in my sight: 17 (72-17) Until I go into the sanctuary of God, and understand concerning their last ends. 18 (72-18) But indeed for deceits thou hast put it to them: when they were lifted up thou hast cast them down. 19 (72-19) How are they brought to desolation? they have suddenly ceased to be: they have perished by reason of their iniquity. 20 (72-20) As the dream of them that awake, O Lord; so in thy city thou shalt bring their image to nothing. 21 (72-21) For my heart hath been inflamed, and my reins have been changed: 22 (72-22) And I am brought to nothing, and I knew not. 23 (72-23) I am become as a beast before thee: and I am always with thee. 24 (72-24) Thou hast held me by my right hand; and by thy will thou hast conducted me, and with thy glory thou hast received me. 25 (72-25) For what have I in heaven? and besides thee what do I desire upon earth? 26 (72-26) For thee my flesh and my heart hath fainted away: thou art the God of my heart, and the God that is my portion for ever. 27 (72-27) For behold they that go far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that are disloyal to thee. 28 (72-28) But it is good for me to adhere to my God, to put my hope in the Lord God: That I may declare all thy praises, in the gates of the daughter of Sion.
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