Bible: Psalm 73

Book 3
(Psalms 73-89)

Psalm 73 1 

73:1 A psalm by Asaph.

Certainly God is good to Israel, 2 

and to those whose motives are pure! 3 

73:2 But as for me, my feet almost slipped;

my feet almost slid out from under me. 4 

73:3 For I envied those who are proud,

as I observed 5  the prosperity 6  of the wicked.

73:4 For they suffer no pain; 7 

their bodies 8  are strong and well-fed. 9 

73:5 They are immune to the trouble common to men;

they do not suffer as other men do. 10 

73:6 Arrogance is their necklace, 11 

and violence their clothing. 12 

73:7 Their prosperity causes them to do wrong; 13 

their thoughts are sinful. 14 

73:8 They mock 15  and say evil things; 16 

they proudly threaten violence. 17 

73:9 They speak as if they rule in heaven,

and lay claim to the earth. 18 

73:10 Therefore they have more than enough food to eat,

and even suck up the water of the sea. 19 

73:11 They say, “How does God know what we do?

Is the sovereign one aware of what goes on? 20 

73:12 Take a good look! This is what the wicked are like, 21 

those who always have it so easy and get richer and richer. 22 

73:13 I concluded, 23  “Surely in vain I have kept my motives 24  pure

and maintained a pure lifestyle. 25 

73:14 I suffer all day long,

and am punished every morning.”

73:15 If I had publicized these thoughts, 26 

I would have betrayed your loyal followers. 27 

73:16 When I tried to make sense of this,

it was troubling to me. 28 

73:17 Then I entered the precincts of God’s temple, 29 

and understood the destiny of the wicked. 30 

73:18 Surely 31  you put them in slippery places;

you bring them down 32  to ruin.

73:19 How desolate they become in a mere moment!

Terrifying judgments make their demise complete! 33 

73:20 They are like a dream after one wakes up. 34 

O Lord, when you awake 35  you will despise them. 36 

73:21 Yes, 37  my spirit was bitter, 38 

and my insides felt sharp pain. 39 

73:22 I was ignorant 40  and lacked insight; 41 

I was as senseless as an animal before you. 42 

73:23 But I am continually with you;

you hold my right hand.

73:24 You guide 43  me by your wise advice,

and then you will lead me to a position of honor. 44 

73:25 Whom do I have in heaven but you?

I desire no one but you on earth. 45 

73:26 My flesh and my heart may grow weak, 46 

but God always 47  protects my heart and gives me stability. 48 

73:27 Yes, 49  look! Those far from you 50  die;

you destroy everyone who is unfaithful to you. 51 

73:28 But as for me, God’s presence is all I need. 52 

I have made the sovereign Lord my shelter,

as 53  I declare all the things you have done.

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