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Psalms 73:1-28

A Psalm of Asaph. 73  Surely God is good to Israel, Even to such as are pure in heart. 2  But as for me, my feet were almost gone; My steps had well nigh slipped. 3  For I was envious at the arrogant, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4  For there are no pangs in their death; But their strength is firm. 5  They are not in trouble as other men; Neither are they plagued like other men. 6  Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck; Violence covereth them as a garment. 7  Their eyes stand out with fatness: They have more than heart could wish. 8  They scoff, and in wickedness utter oppression: They speak loftily. 9  They have set their mouth in the heavens, And their tongue walketh through the earth. 10  Therefore his people return hither: And waters of a full cup are drained by them. 11  And they say, How doth God know? And is there knowledge in the Most High? 12  Behold, these are the wicked; And, being alway at ease, they increase in riches. 13  Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart, And washed my hands in innocency; 14  For all the day long have I been plagued, And chastened every morning. 15  If I had said, I will speak thus; Behold, I had dealt treacherously with the generation of thy children. 16  When I thought how I might know this, It was too painful for me; 17  Until I went into the sanctuary of God, And considered their latter end. 18  Surely thou settest them in slippery places: Thou castest them down to destruction. 19  How are they become a desolation in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors. 20  As a dream when one awaketh, So, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou wilt despise their image. 21  For my soul was grieved, And I was pricked in my heart: 22  So brutish was I, and ignorant; I was as a beast before thee. 23  Nevertheless I am continually with thee: Thou hast holden my right hand. 24  Thou wilt guide me with thy counsel, And afterward receive me to glory. 25  Whom have I in heaven but thee ? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee. 26  My flesh and my heart faileth; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever. 27  For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: Thou hast destroyed all them that play the harlot, departing from thee. 28  But it is good for me to draw near unto God: I have made the Lord Jehovah my refuge, That I may tell of all thy works.

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