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Chapter 73

73:1 A Psalm of Asaph. Only -- good to Israel `is' God, to the clean of heart. And I -- as a little thing, My feet have been turned aside,

73:2 As nothing, have my steps slipped, For I have been envious of the boastful,

73:3 The peace of the wicked I see, That there are no bands at their death,

73:4 And their might `is' firm.

73:5 In the misery of mortals they are not, And with common men they are not plagued.

73:6 Therefore hath pride encircled them, Violence covereth them as a dress.

73:7 Their eye hath come out from fat. The imaginations of the heart transgressed;

73:8 They do corruptly, And they speak in the wickedness of oppression, From on high they speak.

73:9 They have set in the heavens their mouth, And their tongue walketh in the earth.

73:10 Therefore do His people return hither, And waters of fulness are wrung out to them.

73:11 And they have said, `How hath God known? And is there knowledge in the Most High?'

73:12 Lo, these `are' the wicked and easy ones of the age, They have increased strength.

73:13 Only -- a vain thing! I have purified my heart, And I wash in innocency my hands,

73:14 And I am plagued all the day, And my reproof `is' every morning.

73:15 If I have said, `I recount thus,' Lo, a generation of Thy sons I have deceived.

73:16 And I think to know this, Perverseness it `is' in mine eyes,

73:17 Till I come in to the sanctuaries of God, I attend to their latter end.

73:18 Only, in slippery places Thou dost set them, Thou hast caused them to fall to desolations.

73:19 How have they become a desolation as in a moment, They have been ended -- consumed from terrors.

73:20 As a dream from awakening, O Lord, In awaking, their image Thou despisest.

73:21 For my heart doth show itself violent, And my reins prick themselves,

73:22 And I am brutish, and do not know. A beast I have been with Thee.

73:23 And I `am' continually with Thee, Thou hast laid hold on my right hand.

73:24 With Thy counsel Thou dost lead me, And after honour dost receive me.

73:25 Whom have I in the heavens? And with Thee none I have desired in earth.

73:26 Consumed hath been my flesh and my heart, The rock of my heart and my portion `is' God to the age.

73:27 For, lo, those far from Thee do perish, Thou hast cut off every one, Who is going a whoring from Thee.

73:28 And I -- nearness of God to me `is' good, I have placed in the Lord Jehovah my refuge, To recount all Thy works!

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