Psalms

Psalm 73 ©

1The Psalmist sheweth that his faith had almost failed him on seeing the prosperity of the wicked; 15but that, unwilling to give up the cause of goodness, he had at length discovered their fearful end: 23his trust in God's present support and future favour: 27he concludeth it best to adhere to God.

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A Psalm 1of Asaph.

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TRULY2 aGod is good to Israel, even to such as are 3of a bclean heart.

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But as for me, cmy feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.

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For dI was envious at the foolish, when I saw the eprosperity of the wicked.

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For there are fno bands in their death: but their strength is 4firm.

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gThey are not 5in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued 6like other men.

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Therefore hpride *compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.

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Their ieyes stand out with fatness: 7they have more than heart could wish.

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They jare corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: kthey speak loftily.

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They lset their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.

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Therefore his people mreturn *hither: and nwaters of a full cup are wrung out to them.

n v.4,7,12,14. Job 19; 21.7-13; 30.
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And they say, oHow doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?

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pBehold, these are the ungodly, qwho prosper in the world; they increase in riches.

q v.3.
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*Verily rI have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.

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For sall the day long have I been plagued, and 8*chastened every morning.

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If I say, I will speak thus; behold, tI should offend against the generation of thy children.

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When uI thought to know this, 9it was too *painful for me;

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Until vI went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I wtheir end.

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Surely xthou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.

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How yare they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

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As za dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.

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Thus amy heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my *reins.

a Ps. 37.1,7. Je. 12.1. v.2,3.
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So bfoolish was I, and 10ignorant: I was as a beast 11before thee.

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Nevertheless cI am continually with thee: thou hast *holden me by my right hand.

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Thou dshalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward ereceive me to glory.

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fWhom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

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My gflesh and my heart faileth: but God is the 12strength of my heart, and hmy portion for ever.

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For, lo, ithey that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that jgo a whoring from thee.

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But it is kgood for me to draw near to God: lI have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.