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Psalms Chapter 73 - New American Standard Bible

1. SURELY God is good to Israel, To those who are pure in heart!

2. But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling, My steps [1] had almost slipped.

3. For I was envious of the [2] arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4. For there are no pains in their death, And their [3] body is fat.

5. They are not [6] in trouble as other [5] men, Nor are they plagued [4] like mankind.

6. Therefore pride is their necklace; The garment of violence covers them.

7. Their eye [8] bulges from fatness; The imaginations of their heart [7] run riot.

8. They mock and [9] wickedly speak of oppression; They speak from on high.

9. They have set their mouth [11] against the heavens, And their tongue [10] parades through the earth.

10. Therefore [13] his people return to this place, And waters of abundance are [12] drunk by them.

11. They say, How does God know? And is there knowledge [14] with the Most High?

12. Behold, these are the wicked; And always at ease, they have increased in wealth.

13. Surely in vain I have [15] kept my heart pure And washed my hands in innocence;

14. For I have been stricken all day long And [16] chastened every morning.

15. If I had said, I will speak thus, Behold, I would have betrayed the generation of Your children.

16. When I pondered to understand this, It was [17] troublesome in my sight

17. Until I came into the [18] sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end.

18. Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to [19] destruction.

19. How they are [20] destroyed in a moment! They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors!

20. Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when aroused, You will despise their [21] form.

21. When my heart was embittered And I was pierced [22] within,

22. Then I was senseless and ignorant; I was like [24] a beast [23] before You.

23. Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand.

24. With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me [25] to glory.

25. Whom have I in heaven but You? And [26] besides You, I desire nothing on earth.

26. My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the [27] strength of my heart and my portion forever.

27. For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have [29] destroyed all those who [28] are unfaithful to You.

28. But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord [30] GOD my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.

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Footnotes
  • 1: Or boasters
  • 2: Or belly
  • 3: Lit in the trouble of men
  • 4: Or mortals
  • 5: Lit with
  • 6: Lit goes forth
  • 7: Lit overflow
  • 8: Or they speak in wickedness; From on high they speak of oppression
  • 9: Or in
  • 10: Lit walks
  • 11: Or His
  • 12: Lit drained out
  • 13: Lit in
  • 14: Or cleansed my heart
  • 15: Lit my chastening
  • 16: Lit labor, trouble
  • 17: Lit sanctuaries
  • 18: Lit ruins
  • 19: Lit become a desolation
  • 20: Or image
  • 21: Lit in my kidneys
  • 22: Or an animal
  • 23: Lit with You
  • 24: Or with honor
  • 25: Or with
  • 26: Lit rock
  • 27: Or silenced
  • 28: Lit go to a whoring from
  • 29: Heb YHWH, usually rendered LORD
  • 30: Or pasturing

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