1Elohim is truly good to Yisra’ĕl, To those whose heart is clean.
2But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, My steps had nearly slipped.
3For I was envious of the boasters, When I saw the peace of the wrong-doers.#See Job 21:7; Jer. 12:1, 2; Psa. 73:17 and Psa. 92:6, 7
4For death has no pangs for them, And their strength is firm.
5They are not in trouble as other men, And they are not plagued like other men.
6So pride is their necklace, The garment of violence covers them.
7Their eyes bulge from fatness; Their heart overflows with imaginations.
8They mock and speak in the evil of oppression; They speak loftily.
9They have set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue walks through the earth, saying:
10Therefore His people return here, And waters of a filled cup are drained by them!”
11And they have said, “How could Ěl know? And is there knowledge in the Most High?”
12See, these are the wrong, And always at ease, They have amassed wealth!
13Indeed, in vain have I cleansed my heart, And washed my hands in innocence.
14For I am plagued all day long, And my reproof is every morning.
15If I had said, “Let me speak thus,” See, I would have deceived A generation of Your children.
16Yet, when I tried to understand this, It was labour to my eyes –
17Until I went into the set-apart place of Ěl; Then I perceived their end.
18Indeed, You set them in slippery places; You make them fall to ruins.
19How suddenly they are ruined! Completely swept away through destructions.
20יהוה, when You awake You despise their image, As one does a dream after waking.
21For my heart was in a ferment, And I was pierced in my kidneys.
22I was stupid and ignorant, I was like a beast toward You.
23Yet I am always with You, You took hold of my right hand.
24You lead me by Your counsel, And afterward receive me unto esteem.
25Whom do I have in the heavens? And I have desired no one besides You on earth.
26My flesh and my heart shall waste away, But Elohim is the rock of my heart And my portion forever.
27For look, those who are far from You perish; You shall cut off all those Who go whoring away from You.
28But as for me, it is good to be near Elohim. I have made my refuge in the Master יהוה, To declare all Your works.