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Psalm 73

73:1 Surely God is good to Israel, [Even] to such as are pure in heart. 73:2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; My steps had well nigh slipped. 73:3 For I was envious at the arrogant, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 73:4 For there are no pangs in their death; But their strength is firm. 73:5 They are not in trouble as [other] men; Neither are they plagued like [other] men. 73:6 Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck; Violence covereth them as a garment. 73:7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: They have more than heart could wish. 73:8 They scoff, and in wickedness utter oppression: They speak loftily. 73:9 They have set their mouth in the heavens, And their tongue walketh through the earth. 73:10 Therefore his people return hither: And waters of a full [cup] are drained by them. 73:11 And they say, How doth God know And is there knowledge in the Most High 73:12 Behold, these are the wicked; And, being alway at ease, they increase in riches. 73:13 Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart, And washed my hands in innocency; 73:14 For all the day long have I been plagued, And chastened every morning. 73:15 If I had said, I will speak thus; Behold, I had dealt treacherously with the generation of thy children. 73:16 When I thought how I might know this, It was too painful for me; 73:17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God, And considered their latter end. 73:18 Surely thou settest them in slippery places: Thou castest them down to destruction. 73:19 How are they become a desolation in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors. 73:20 As a dream when one awaketh, So, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou wilt despise their image. 73:21 For my soul was grieved, And I was pricked in my heart: 73:22 So brutish was I, and ignorant; I was [as] a beast before thee. 73:23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: Thou hast holden my right hand. 73:24 Thou wilt guide me with thy counsel, And afterward receive me to glory. 73:25 Whom have I in heaven [but thee] And there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee. 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth; [But] God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever. 73:27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: Thou hast destroyed all them that play the harlot, [departing] from thee. 73:28 But it is good for me to draw near unto God: I have made the Lord Jehovah my refuge, That I may tell of all thy works.

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