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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Psalms 73:1-28

A melody of A′saph.+ 73  God is indeed good to Israel, to those clean in heart.+   As for me, my feet had almost turned aside,+ My steps had nearly been made to slip.*+   For I became envious of the boasters,+ [When] I would see the very peace of wicked people.+   For they have no deathly pangs;+ And their paunch is fat.+   They are not even in the trouble of mortal man,*+ And they are not plagued the same as other men.*+   Therefore haughtiness has served as a necklace to them;+ Violence envelops them as a garment.+   Their eye has bulged from fatness;+ They have exceeded the imaginations of the heart.+   They scoff and speak about what is bad;+ About defrauding they speak in an elevated style.+   They have put their mouth in the very heavens,+ And their tongue itself walks about in the earth.+ 10  Therefore he brings his people back hither, And the waters of what is full are drained out for them. 11  And they have said: “How has God* come to know?+ And does there exist knowledge in the Most High?”+ 12  Look! These are the wicked, who are at ease indefinitely.+ They have increased [their] means of maintenance.+ 13  Surely it is in vain that I have cleansed my heart+ And that I wash my hands in innocence itself.+ 14  And I came to be plagued all day long,+ And my correction is every morning.+ 15  If I had said: “I will tell a story like that,” Look! against the generation of your sons I should have acted treacherously.+ 16  And I kept considering so as to know this;+ It was a trouble in my eyes, 17  Until I proceeded to come into the grand sanctuary of God.+ I wanted to discern their future.+ 18  Surely on slippery ground is where you place them.+ You have made them fall to ruins.+ 19  O how they have become an object of astonishment as in a moment!+ [How] they have reached their end, have been brought to their finish through sudden terrors! 20  Like a dream after awaking, O Jehovah,*+ [So] when arousing [yourself] you will despise their very image.+ 21  For my heart was soured+ And in my kidneys I was sharply pained,+ 22  And I was unreasoning and I could not know;+ I became as mere beasts from your standpoint.+ 23  But I am constantly with you;+ You have taken hold of my right hand.+ 24  With your counsel you will lead me,+ And afterward you will take me even to glory.+ 25  Whom do I have in the heavens?+ And besides you I do have no other delight on the earth.+ 26  My organism and my heart have failed.+ God is the rock of my heart and my share to time indefinite.+ 27  For, look! the very ones keeping away from you will perish.+ You will certainly silence every one immorally leaving you.+ 28  But as for me, the drawing near to God is good for me.+ In the Sovereign Lord Jehovah I have placed my refuge,+ To declare all your works.*+

Footnotes

Or, “been poured out.”
“Mortal man.” Heb., ʼenohsh′.
“Other men.” Heb., ʼa·dham′.
“God.” Heb., ʼEl.
One of 134 scribal changes from YHWH to ʼAdho·nai′. See App 1B.
LXXVg add: “in the gates of the daughter of Zion.”