73
BOOK III
(Psalms 73–89)
God’s Ways Vindicated
A psalm of Asaph. #1Ch 16:5
1God is indeed good to Israel,
to the pure in heart. #Ps 24:4|NoBook| 51:10Mt 5:8
2But as for me, my feet almost slipped;
my steps nearly went astray. #Ps 17:5|NoBook| 66:9|NoBook| 94:18
3For I envied the arrogant;
I saw the prosperity of the wicked. #Ps 37:1Pr 23:17|NoBook| 24:1
4They have an easy time until they die, # Lit For there are no pangs to their death
and their bodies are well fed. # Lit fat #Jb 21:23-24
5They are not in trouble like others;
they are not afflicted like most people. #Jb 21:4
6Therefore, pride is their necklace,
and violence covers them like a garment. #Ps 37:35Pr 16:29|NoBook| 21:24
7Their eyes bulge out from fatness;
the imaginations of their hearts run wild. #Jb 15:27Jr 5:28
8They mock, and they speak maliciously;
they arrogantly threaten oppression. #Ps 17:102Pt 2:18Jd 16
9They set their mouths against heaven,
and their tongues strut across the earth. #Rv 13:6
10Therefore His people turn to them # Lit turn here
and drink in their overflowing words. # Lit and waters of fullness are drained by them #Jb 15:16
11The wicked say, “How can God know?
Does the Most High know everything? ” #Jb 22:13Ps 10:4Is 29:15
12Look at them — the wicked!
They are always at ease,
and they increase their wealth. #Ps 49:6|NoBook| 52:7Jr 49:31
13Did I purify my heart
and wash my hands in innocence for nothing? #Ps 26:6Mt 27:24
14For I am afflicted all day long
and punished every morning. #Jb 33:19Ps 38:6|NoBook| 118:18
15If I had decided to say these things aloud,
I would have betrayed Your people. # Lit betrayed the generation of Your sons #Ps 44:17|NoBook| 89:33
16When I tried to understand all this,
it seemed hopeless # Lit it was trouble in my eyes #Ec 8:17
17until I entered God’s sanctuary.
Then I understood their destiny. #Jb 8:13Ps 37:38
18Indeed, You put them in slippery places;
You make them fall into ruin. #Ps 35:6
19How suddenly they become a desolation!
They come to an end, swept away by terrors. #Nm 16:21Jb 18:11Is 47:11
20Like one waking from a dream,
Lord, when arising, You will despise their image. #Ps 35:23|NoBook| 59:5|NoBook| 78:65
21When I became embittered
and my innermost being # Lit my kidneys was wounded, #Ps 109:22
22I was stupid and didn’t understand;
I was an unthinking animal toward You. #Jb 11:12Ps 92:6
23Yet I am always with You;
You hold my right hand. #Ps 63:8
24You guide me with Your counsel,
and afterward You will take me up in glory. # Or will receive me with honor #Ps 49:15Is 58:11
25Who do I have in heaven but You?
And I desire nothing on earth but You. #Ps 16:2Php 3:8
26My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength # Lit rock of my heart,
my portion forever. #Ps 16:5|NoBook| 38:10|NoBook| 84:2
27Those far from You will certainly perish;
You destroy all who are unfaithful to You. #1Ch 5:25Ps 37:20
28But as for me, God’s presence is my good.
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
so I can tell about all You do. #Ps 40:5|NoBook| 118:17
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