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BOOK III
A Psalm of Asaph.
1Surely God is good to Israel, even to such as are pure in heart. 2But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. 3For I was envious at the arrogant, 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 is as a chain about their neck; violence covereth them as a garment. 7Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. 8They scoff, and in wickedness utter oppression: they speak loftily. 9They have set their mouth in the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. 10Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out by them. 11And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the Most High? 12Behold, these are the wicked; and, being alway at ease, they increase in riches. 13Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart, and washed my hands in innocency; 14For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning. 15If I had said, I will speak thus; behold, I had dealt treacherously with the generation of thy children. 16When I thought how I might know this, it was too painful for me; 17Until I went into the sanctuary of God, and considered their latter end. 18Surely thou settest them in slippery places: thou castest them down to destruction. 19How are they become a desolation 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. 21For my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins: 22So brutish was I, and ignorant; I was as a beast before thee. 23Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden 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 beside 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 unto God: I have made the Lord GODmy refuge, that I may tell of all thy works.
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