|A Psalm of Asaph.
|1||Truly God is
good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.
|2||But as for me, my
feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.
|3||For I was envious at
the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
|4||For there are
no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.
|5||They are not
in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other
compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a
|7||Their eyes stand out
with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.
|8||They are corrupt, and
speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.
|9||They set their mouth
against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.
|10||Therefore his people
return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.
|11||And they say, How
doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?
are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in
|13||Verily I have
cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.
|14||For all the day long
have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.
|15||If I say, I will
speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of
|16||When I thought to
know this, it was too painful for me;
||too painful for me|
|17||Until I went into
the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
||sanctuary of God|
|18||Surely thou didst
set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.
|19||How are they
brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly
|20||As a dream when
one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou
despise their image.
||when thou awakest despise their image|
|21||Thus my heart was
grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.
was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by
|24||Thou shalt guide me
with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
|25||Whom have I in
heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that
desire beside thee.
|26||My flesh and my
heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and
portion for ever.
|27||For, lo, they that
are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a
whoring from thee.
|28||But it is
good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD,
I may declare all thy works.
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