Psalms 73

Book of Psalms - Chapter 73

Psalms 73:1

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

Psalms 73:2

But as for me, my feet were almost gone. My steps had nearly slipped.

Psalms 73:3

For I was envious of the arrogant, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Psalms 73:4

For there are no struggles in their death, but their strength is firm.

Psalms 73:5

They are free from burdens of men, neither are they plagued like other men.

Psalms 73:6

Therefore pride is like a chain around their neck. Violence covers them like a garment.

Psalms 73:7

Their eyes bulge with fat. Their minds pass the limits of conceit.

Psalms 73:8

They scoff and speak with malice. In arrogance, they threaten oppression.

Psalms 73:9

They have set their mouth in the heavens. Their tongue walks through the earth.

Psalms 73:10

Therefore their people return to them, and they drink up waters of abundance.

Psalms 73:11

They say, "How does God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?"

Psalms 73:12

Behold, these are the wicked. Being always at ease, they increase in riches.

Psalms 73:13

Surely in vain I have cleansed my heart, and washed my hands in innocence,

Psalms 73:14

For all day long have I been plagued, and punished every morning.

Psalms 73:15

If I had said, "I will speak thus;" behold, I would have betrayed the generation of your children.

Psalms 73:16

When I tried to understand this, it was too painful for me;

Psalms 73:17

Until I entered God's sanctuary, and considered their latter end.

Psalms 73:18

Surely you set them in slippery places. You throw them down to destruction.

Psalms 73:19

How they are suddenly destroyed! They are completely swept away with terrors.

Psalms 73:20

As a dream when one wakes up, so, Lord, when you awake, you will despise their fantasies.

Psalms 73:21

For my soul was grieved. I was embittered in my heart.

Psalms 73:22

I was so senseless and ignorant. I was a brute beast before you.

Psalms 73:23

Nevertheless, I am continually with you. You have held my right hand.

Psalms 73:24

You will guide me with your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

Psalms 73:25

Who do I have in heaven? There is no one on earth who I desire besides you.

Psalms 73:26

My flesh and my heart fails, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalms 73:27

For, behold, those who are far from you shall perish. You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to you.

Psalms 73:28

But it is good for me to come close to God. I have made the Lord the LORD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. A contemplation by Asaph.