The Fate of the Wicked
A Psalm of Asaph.
1Truly God is good to Israel,
even to such as are of a clean heart.
2But as for me, my feet were almost gone;
my steps had well-nigh slipped.
3For I was envious at the foolish,
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4For there are no bands in their death:
but their strength is firm.
5They are not in trouble as other men;
neither are they plagued like other men.
6Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain;
violence covereth them as a garment.
7Their eyes stand out with fatness:
they have more than heart could wish.
8They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression:
they speak loftily.
9They set their mouth against the heavens,
and their tongue walketh through the earth.
10Therefore his people return hither:
and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.
11And they say, How doth God know?
And is there knowledge in the Most High?
12Behold, these are the ungodly,
who prosper in the world;
they increase in riches.
13Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain,
and washed my hands in innocency.
14For all the day long have I been plagued,
and chastened every morning.
15If I say, I will speak thus;
behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
16When I thought to know this,
it was too painful for me;
17until I went into the sanctuary of God;
then understood I their end.
18Surely thou didst set them in slippery places:
thou castedst them down into destruction.
19How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment!
They are utterly consumed with terrors.
20As a dream when one awaketh;
so, O Lord, when thou awakest,
thou shalt despise their image.
21Thus my heart was grieved,
and I was pricked in my reins.
22So foolish was I, and ignorant:
I was as a beast before thee.
23Nevertheless I am continually with thee:
thou hast holden me by my right hand.
24Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel,
and afterward receive me to glory.
25Whom have I in heaven but thee?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee.
26My flesh and my heart faileth:
but God is the strength of my heart,
and my portion for ever.
27For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish:
thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
28But it is good for me to draw near to God:
I have put my trust in the Lord God,
that I may declare all thy works.