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PSALMS ยท Chapter 73

73:1 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.
73:2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.
73:3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
73:4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.
73:5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.
73:6 Therefore pride compasses them about as a chain; violence covers them as a garment.
73:7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.
73:8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.
73:9 They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walks through the earth.
73:10 Therefore his people return here: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.
73:11 And they say, How does God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?
73:12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.
73:13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence.
73:14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.
73:15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of your children.
73:16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
73:17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
73:18 Surely you did set them in slippery places: you casted them down into destruction.
73:19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.
73:20 As a dream when one awakes; so, O Lord, when you awake, you shall despise their image.
73:21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.
73:22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before you.
73:23 Nevertheless I am continually with you: you have held me by my right hand.
73:24 You shall guide me with your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
73:25 Whom have I in heaven but you? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside you.
73:26 My flesh and my heart fails: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
73:27 For, lo, they that are far from you shall perish: you have destroyed all them that go a whoring from you.
73:28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all your works.

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