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Psalms 73

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BOOK 3: Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.

Surely God is good to Israel,to those who are pure in heart. +
But as for me, my feet were almost gone.My steps had nearly slipped. +
For I was envious of the arrogant,when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. +
For there are no struggles in their death,but their strength is firm.
They are free from burdens of men,neither are they plagued like other men.
Therefore pride is like a chain around their neck.Violence covers them like a garment.
Their eyes bulge with fat.Their minds pass the limits of conceit.
They scoff and speak with malice.In arrogance, they threaten oppression. +
They have set their mouth in the heavens.Their tongue walks through the earth.
Therefore their people return to them,and they drink up waters of abundance. +
They say, "How does God know?Is there knowledge in the Most High?"
Behold, these are the wicked.Being always at ease, they increase in riches. +
Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain,and washed my hands in innocence, +
For all day long I have been plagued,and punished every morning.
If I had said, "I will speak thus";behold, I would have betrayed the generation of your children. +
When I tried to understand this,it was too painful for me; +
Until I entered God's sanctuary,and considered their latter end. +
Surely you set them in slippery places.You throw them down to destruction. +
How they are suddenly destroyed!They are completely swept away with terrors.
As a dream when one wakes up,so, Lord, when you awake, you will despise their fantasies.
For my soul was grieved.I was embittered in my heart. +
I was so senseless and ignorant.I was a brute beast before you. +
Nevertheless, I am continually with you.You have held my right hand. +
You will guide me with your counsel,and afterward receive me to glory. +
Whom do I have in heaven?There is no one on earth whom I desire besides you. +
My flesh and my heart fails,but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. +
For, behold, those who are far from you shall perish.You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to you. +
But it is good for me to come close to God.I have made the Lord God my refuge,that I may tell of all your works.

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