|[A Psalm of Asaph.]||BOOK 3. (Ps.73-89) Triumph of Justice. Psalm 73|
|Truly God is good to the upright, |
to those who are pure in heart.
|But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, |
my steps had well nigh slipped.
|For I was envious of the arrogant, |
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
|For they have no pangs; |
their bodies are sound and sleek.
|They are not in trouble as other men are; |
they are not stricken like other men.
|Therefore pride is their necklace; |
violence covers them as a garment.
|Their eyes swell out with fatness, |
their hearts overflow with follies.
|They scoff and speak with malice; |
loftily they threaten oppression.
|They set their mouths against the heavens, |
and their tongue struts through the earth.
|Therefore the people turn and praise them; |
and find no fault in them.
|And they say, "How can God know? |
Is there knowledge in the Most High?"
|Behold, these are the wicked; |
always at ease, they increase in riches.
|All in vain have I kept my heart clean |
and washed my hands in innocence.
|For all the day long I have been stricken, |
and chastened every morning.
|If I had said, "I will speak thus," |
I would have been untrue to the generation of thy children.
|But when I thought how to understand this, |
it seemed to me a wearisome task,
|until I went into the sanctuary of God; |
then I perceived their end.
|Truly thou dost set them in slippery places; |
thou dost make them fall to ruin.
|How they are destroyed in a moment, |
swept away utterly by terrors!
|They are like a dream when one awakes, |
on awaking you despise their phantoms.
|When my soul was embittered, |
when I was pricked in heart,
|I was stupid and ignorant, |
I was like a beast toward thee.
|Nevertheless I am continually with thee; |
thou dost hold my right hand.
|Thou dost guide me with thy counsel, |
and afterward thou wilt receive me to glory.
|Whom have I in heaven but thee? |
And there is nothing upon earth that I desire besides thee.
|My flesh and my heart may fail, |
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.
|For lo, those who are far from thee shall perish; |
thou dost put an end to those who are false to thee.
|But for me it is good to be near God; |
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all thy works.
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