The End of the Wicked Contrasted with That of the Righteous.

1 A Psalm of Asaph.
Surely God is (A)good to Israel,
To those who are (B)pure in heart!
But as for me, (C)my feet came close to stumbling,
My steps (a)had almost slipped.
For I was (D)envious of the (b)arrogant
As I saw the (E)prosperity of the wicked.
For there are no pains in their death,
And their (c)body is fat.
They are (F)not (d)in trouble as other (e)men,
Nor are they (G)plagued (f)like mankind.
Therefore pride is (H)their necklace;
The (I)garment of violence covers them.
Their eye (g)bulges from (J)fatness;
The imaginations of their heart (h)run riot.
They (K)mock and (i)wickedly speak of oppression;
They (L)speak from on high.
They have (M)set their mouth (j)against the heavens,
And their tongue (k)parades through the earth.
Therefore (l)his people return to this place,
And waters of (N)abundance are (m)drunk by them.
They say, “(O)How does God know?
And is there knowledge (n)with the Most High?”
Behold, (P)these are the wicked;
And always (Q)at ease, they have increased in wealth.
Surely (R)in vain I have (o)kept my heart pure
And (S)washed my hands in innocence;
For I have been stricken (T)all day long
And (p)(U)chastened every morning.
If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
Behold, I would have betrayed the (V)generation of Your children.
When I (W)pondered to understand this,
It was (q)troublesome in my sight
Until I came into the (r)(X)sanctuary of God;
Then I perceived their (Y)end.
Surely You set them in (Z)slippery places;
You cast them down to (s)(AA)destruction.
How they are (t)(AB)destroyed in a moment!
They are utterly swept away by (AC)sudden terrors!
Like a (AD)dream when one awakes,
O Lord, when (AE)aroused, You will (AF)despise their (u)form.
When my (AG)heart was embittered
And I was (AH)pierced (v)within,
Then I was (AI)senseless and ignorant;
I was like (w)a (AJ)beast (x)before You.
Nevertheless (AK)I am continually with You;
You have taken hold of my right hand.
With Your counsel You will (AL)guide me,
And afterward (AM)receive me (y)to glory.
(AN)Whom have I in heaven but You?
And (z)besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
My (AO)flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the (aa)strength of my heart and my (AP)portion forever.
For, behold, (AQ)those who are far from You will (AR)perish;
You have (ab)destroyed all those who (ac)(AS)are unfaithful to You.
But as for me, (AT)the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord (ad)God my (AU)refuge,
That I may (AV)tell of all Your works.


a. Psalm 73:2: ['Lit ', were caused to slip]
b. Psalm 73:3: ['Or ', boasters]
c. Psalm 73:4: ['Or ', belly]
d. Psalm 73:5: ['Lit ', in the trouble of men]
e. Psalm 73:5: ['Or ', mortals]
f. Psalm 73:5: ['Lit ', with]
g. Psalm 73:7: ['Lit ', goes forth]
h. Psalm 73:7: ['Lit ', overflow]
i. Psalm 73:8: ['Or ', they speak in wickedness; From on high they speak of oppression]
j. Psalm 73:9: ['Or ', in]
k. Psalm 73:9: ['Lit ', walks]
l. Psalm 73:10: ['Or ', His]
m. Psalm 73:10: ['Lit ', drained out]
n. Psalm 73:11: ['Lit ', in]
o. Psalm 73:13: ['Or ', cleansed my heart]
p. Psalm 73:14: ['Lit ', my chastening]
q. Psalm 73:16: ['Lit ', labor, trouble]
r. Psalm 73:17: ['Lit ', sanctuaries]
s. Psalm 73:18: ['Lit ', ruins]
t. Psalm 73:19: ['Lit ', become a desolation]
u. Psalm 73:20: ['Or ', image]
v. Psalm 73:21: ['Lit ', in my kidneys]
w. Psalm 73:22: ['Or ', an animal]
x. Psalm 73:22: ['Lit ', with You]
y. Psalm 73:24: ['Or ', with honor]
z. Psalm 73:25: ['Or ', with]
aa. Psalm 73:26: ['Lit ', rock]
ab. Psalm 73:27: ['Or ', silenced]
ac. Psalm 73:27: ['Lit ', go to a whoring from]
ad. Psalm 73:28: ['Heb ', YHWH, ', usually rendered ', Lord]

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