Bible: Psalm 73:16-28

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

it was troubling to me. 1 

73:17 Then I entered the precincts of God’s temple, 2 

and understood the destiny of the wicked. 3 

73:18 Surely 4  you put them in slippery places;

you bring them down 5  to ruin.

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

Terrifying judgments make their demise complete! 6 

73:20 They are like a dream after one wakes up. 7 

O Lord, when you awake 8  you will despise them. 9 

73:21 Yes, 10  my spirit was bitter, 11 

and my insides felt sharp pain. 12 

73:22 I was ignorant 13  and lacked insight; 14 

I was as senseless as an animal before you. 15 

73:23 But I am continually with you;

you hold my right hand.

73:24 You guide 16  me by your wise advice,

and then you will lead me to a position of honor. 17 

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

I desire no one but you on earth. 18 

73:26 My flesh and my heart may grow weak, 19 

but God always 20  protects my heart and gives me stability. 21 

73:27 Yes, 22  look! Those far from you 23  die;

you destroy everyone who is unfaithful to you. 24 

73:28 But as for me, God’s presence is all I need. 25 

I have made the sovereign Lord my shelter,

as 26  I declare all the things you have done.

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