Quam bonus Israel Deus
1A psalm for Asaph.
How good is God to Israel, to them that are of a right heart! 2But my feet were almost moved; my steps had well nigh slipped. 3Because I had a zeal on occasion of the wicked, seeing the prosperity of sinners. 4For there is no regard to their death, nor is there strength in their stripes. 5They are not in the labour of men: neither shall they be scourged like other men. 6Therefore pride hath held them fast: they are covered with their iniquity and their wickedness. 7Their iniquity hath come forth, as it were from fatness: they have passed into the affection of the heart. 8They have thought and spoken wickedness: they have spoken iniquity on high. 9They have set their mouth against heaven: and their tongue hath passed through the earth. 10Therefore will my people return here and full days shall be found in them. 11And they said: How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High? 12Behold these are sinners; and yet abounding in the world they have obtained riches. 13And I said: Then have I in vain justified my heart, and washed my hands among the innocent. 14And I have been scourged all the day; and my chastisement hath been in the mornings. 15If I said: I will speak thus; behold I should condemn the generation of thy children. 16I studied that I might know this thing, it is a labour in my sight: 17Until I go into the sanctuary of God, and understand concerning their last ends. 18But indeed for deceits thou hast put it to them: when they were lifted up thou hast cast them down. 19How are they brought to desolation? they have suddenly ceased to be: they have perished by reason of their iniquity. 20As the dream of them that awake, O Lord; so in thy city thou shalt bring their image to nothing. 21For my heart hath been inflamed, and my reins have been changed: 22and I am brought to nothing, and I knew not. 23I am become as a beast before thee: and I am always with thee. 24Thou hast held me by my right hand; and by thy will thou hast conducted me, and with thy glory thou hast received me. 25For what have I in heaven? and besides thee what do I desire upon earth? 26For thee my flesh and my heart hath fainted away: thou art the God of my heart, and the God that is my portion for ever. 27For behold they that go far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that are disloyal to thee. 28But it is good for me to adhere to my God, to put my hope in the Lord God: That I may declare all thy praises, in the gates of the daughter of Sion.