Thematic Bible

Psalm 73:1 (show verse)

A psalm by Asaph. Certainly God is good to Israel, and to those whose motives are pure!

Psalm 73:2 (show verse)

But as for me, my feet almost slipped; my feet almost slid out from under me.

Psalm 73:3 (show verse)

For I envied those who are proud, as I observed the prosperity of the wicked.

Psalm 73:4 (show verse)

For they suffer no pain; their bodies are strong and well-fed.

Psalm 73:5 (show verse)

They are immune to the trouble common to men; they do not suffer as other men do.

Psalm 73:6 (show verse)

Arrogance is their necklace, and violence their clothing.

Psalm 73:7 (show verse)

Their prosperity causes them to do wrong; their thoughts are sinful.

Psalm 73:8 (show verse)

They mock and say evil things; they proudly threaten violence.

Psalm 73:9 (show verse)

They speak as if they rule in heaven, and lay claim to the earth.

Psalm 73:10 (show verse)

Therefore they have more than enough food to eat, and even suck up the water of the sea.

Psalm 73:11 (show verse)

They say, "How does God know what we do? Is the sovereign one aware of what goes on?"

Psalm 73:12 (show verse)

Take a good look! This is what the wicked are like, those who always have it so easy and get richer and richer.

Psalm 73:13 (show verse)

I concluded, "Surely in vain I have kept my motives pure and maintained a pure lifestyle.

Psalm 73:14 (show verse)

I suffer all day long, and am punished every morning."

Psalm 73:15 (show verse)

If I had publicized these thoughts, I would have betrayed your loyal followers.

Psalm 73:16 (show verse)

When I tried to make sense of this, it was troubling to me.

Psalm 73:17 (show verse)

Then I entered the precincts of God's temple, and understood the destiny of the wicked.

Psalm 73:18 (show verse)

Surely you put them in slippery places; you bring them down to ruin.

Psalm 73:19 (show verse)

How desolate they become in a mere moment! Terrifying judgments make their demise complete!

Psalm 73:20 (show verse)

They are like a dream after one wakes up. O Lord, when you awake you will despise them.

Psalm 73:21 (show verse)

Yes, my spirit was bitter, and my insides felt sharp pain.

Psalm 73:22 (show verse)

I was ignorant and lacked insight; I was as senseless as an animal before you.

Psalm 73:23 (show verse)

But I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.

Psalm 73:24 (show verse)

You guide me by your wise advice, and then you will lead me to a position of honor.

Psalm 73:25 (show verse)

Whom do I have in heaven but you? I desire no one but you on earth.

Psalm 73:26 (show verse)

My flesh and my heart may grow weak, but God always protects my heart and gives me stability.

Psalm 73:27 (show verse)

Yes, look! Those far from you die; you destroy everyone who is unfaithful to you.

Psalm 73:28 (show verse)

But as for me, God's presence is all I need. I have made the sovereign Lord my shelter, as I declare all the things you have done.