A Psalm of Asaph.
1Truly God is good to Israel,
to the pure in heart.
2#Ps 63:1; 84:2 But as for me, my feet almost stumbled;
my steps had almost slipped.
3#Ps 79:10; 80:5 For I was envious at the boastful;
I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4#Isa 30:29; Ps 62:8 For there are no pains in their death;
their bodies are fat.
5#Ps 42:11; 43:5 They are not in trouble as other people;
nor are they plagued like others.
6#2Sa 17:22; Dt 3:8–9 Therefore pride is their necklace;
violence covers them as a garment.
7#Ps 88:7; Jnh 2:3 Their eyes bulge with fatness;
they have more than a heart could wish.
8#Job 35:10; Ps 63:6 They mock and speak with evil oppression;
they speak loftily.
9#Ps 38:6; 18:2 They set their mouth against the heavens,
and their tongue struts through the earth.
10#Ps 42:3; Joel 2:17 Therefore people turn to them,
and abundant waters are drunk by them.
11#Ps 42:5; 43:5 They say, “How does God know?
And is there knowledge with the Most High?”
12Observe, these are the wicked, always at ease;
they increase in riches.
13Surely I have kept my heart pure for nothing,
and washed my hands in innocence.
14For all the day long I am plagued,
and chastened every morning.
15If I said, “I will speak thus,”
I would have betrayed the generation of Your children.
16When I thought to understand this,
it was troublesome in my eyes,
17until I went into the sanctuary of God;
then I understood their end.
18Surely You have set them in slippery places;
You have brought them down to ruin.
19How they come to desolation, as in a moment!
They have come to an end, utterly consumed with terrors.
20As a dream when one awakes,
so, O Lord, when You awake,
You will despise their form.
21Thus my heart was embittered,
and I was pierced in my feelings.
22I was a brute and did not understand;
I was as a beast before You.
23Nevertheless I am continually with You;
You have held me by my right hand.
24You will guide me with Your counsel,
and afterward receive me to glory.
25Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You.
26My flesh and my heart fails,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
27For those who are far from You will perish;
You destroy everyone who is unfaithful to You.
28But it is good for me to draw near to God;
I have taken my refuge in the Lord God,
that I may declare all Your works.