Psalms 73

Book 3
(Psalms 73-89)

Psalm 731

A psalm by Asaph.

73:1 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 observed5 the prosperity6 of the wicked.

73:4 For they suffer no pain;7

their bodies8 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 mock15 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 motives24 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 Surely31 you put them in slippery places;

you bring them down32 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 awake35 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 ignorant40 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 guide43 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 always47 protects my heart and gives me stability.48

73:27 Yes,49 look! Those far from you50 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,

as53 I declare all the things you have done.

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