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Picture of Psalm 73: I Envied the Prosperity of the Wicked (A young Asaph looking at arrogant rich men enjoying their wealth)







I Envied the Prosperity of the Wicked

A Psalm of Asaph.

Asaph
1 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

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2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.

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3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

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4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.

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5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.

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6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.

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7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.

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8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.

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9 They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.

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10 Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.

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11 And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?

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12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.

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13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.

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14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.

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15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.

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16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

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17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

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18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.

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19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

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20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.

H · G · S  when thou awakest despise their image
21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.

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22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.

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23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.

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24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

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25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

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26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

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27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.

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28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works. H · G · S  



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