Bible: Psalm 73:12-28

73:12 Take a good look! This is what the wicked are like, 1 

those who always have it so easy and get richer and richer. 2 

73:13 I concluded, 3  “Surely in vain I have kept my motives 4  pure

and maintained a pure lifestyle. 5 

73:14 I suffer all day long,

and am punished every morning.”

73:15 If I had publicized these thoughts, 6 

I would have betrayed your loyal followers. 7 

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

it was troubling to me. 8 

73:17 Then I entered the precincts of God’s temple, 9 

and understood the destiny of the wicked. 10 

73:18 Surely 11  you put them in slippery places;

you bring them down 12  to ruin.

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

Terrifying judgments make their demise complete! 13 

73:20 They are like a dream after one wakes up. 14 

O Lord, when you awake 15  you will despise them. 16 

73:21 Yes, 17  my spirit was bitter, 18 

and my insides felt sharp pain. 19 

73:22 I was ignorant 20  and lacked insight; 21 

I was as senseless as an animal before you. 22 

73:23 But I am continually with you;

you hold my right hand.

73:24 You guide 23  me by your wise advice,

and then you will lead me to a position of honor. 24 

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

I desire no one but you on earth. 25 

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

but God always 27  protects my heart and gives me stability. 28 

73:27 Yes, 29  look! Those far from you 30  die;

you destroy everyone who is unfaithful to you. 31 

73:28 But as for me, God’s presence is all I need. 32 

I have made the sovereign Lord my shelter,

as 33  I declare all the things you have done.

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