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Psalm 73

73:1 A Psalme of Asaph. Truely God is good to Israel, euen to such as are of a cleane heart. 73:2 But as for mee, my feete were almost gone: my steps had well-nigh slipt. 73:3 For I was enuious at the foolish, when I sawe the prosperity of the wicked. 73:4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firme. 73:5 They are not in trouble as other men: neither are they plagued like other men. 73:6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chaine: violence couereth them as a garment. 73:7 Their eies stand out with fatnes: they haue more then heart could wish. 73:8 They are corrupt, and speake wickedly concerning oppression: they speake loftily. 73:9 They set their mouth against the heauens; and their tongue walketh through the earth. 73:10 Therefore his people returne hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them. 73:11 And they say, How doth God know and is there knowledge in the most High 73:12 Behold, these are the vngodly: who prosper in the world, they increase in riches. 73:13 Uerily I haue cleansed my heart in vaine, and washed my hands in innocencie. 73:14 For all the day long haue I bene plagued, and chastened euery morning. 73:15 If I say, I will speake thus: behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children. 73:16 When I thought to know this, it was too painfull for me, 73:17 Untill I went into the Sanctuarie of God; then vnderstood I their end. 73:18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them downe into destruction. 73:19 How are they brought into desolation as in a moment they are vtterly consumed with terrours. 73:20 As a dreame when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest thou shalt despise their image. 73:21 Thus my heart was greeued, and I was pricked in my reines. 73:22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. 73:23 Neuerthelesse I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. 73:24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsell; and afterward receiue me to glory. 73:25 Whom haue I in heauen but thee and there is none vpon 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 euer. 73:27 For loe, they that are farre from thee, shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that goe a whoring from thee. 73:28 But it is good for me, to drawe neere to God: I haue put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy workes.

King James Version 1611 - Public Domain