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Psalm 73 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Book Three

God Is My Strength and Portion Forever

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:1 - A Psalm of Asaph.
Truly God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:2 - But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
my steps had nearly slipped.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:3 - For I was envious of the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:4 - For they have no pangs until death;
their bodies are fat and sleek.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:5 - They are not in trouble as others are;
they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:6 - Therefore pride is their necklace;
violence covers them as a garment.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:7 - Their eyes swell out through fatness;
their hearts overflow with follies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:8 - They scoff and speak with malice;
loftily they threaten oppression.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:9 - They set their mouths against the heavens,
and their tongue struts through the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:10 - Therefore his people turn back to them,
and find no fault in them.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:11 - And they say, “How can God know?
Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:12 - Behold, these are the wicked;
always at ease, they increase in riches.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:13 - All in vain have I kept my heart clean
and washed my hands in innocence.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:14 - For all the day long I have been stricken
and rebuked every morning.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:15 - If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
I would have betrayed the generation of your children.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:16 - But when I thought how to understand this,
it seemed to me a wearisome task,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:17 - until I went into the sanctuary of God;
then I discerned their end.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:18 - Truly you set them in slippery places;
you make them fall to ruin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:19 - How they are destroyed in a moment,
swept away utterly by terrors!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:20 - Like a dream when one awakes,
O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:21 - When my soul was embittered,
when I was pricked in heart,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:22 - I was brutish and ignorant;
I was like a beast toward you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:23 - Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:24 - You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:25 - Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:26 - My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength[fn] of my heart and my portion forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:27 - For behold, those who are far from you shall perish;
you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 73:28 - But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,
that I may tell of all your works.
ESV Footnotes
Probable reading; Hebrew the waters of a full cup are drained by them
Hebrew rock

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