Psalm 73

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A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. (Ps 24:4; Ps 50:1; Joh 1:47) But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. (Job 21:7; Ps 37:1; Ps 37:7; Ps 92:7; Pr 23:17; Jer 12:1) For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek. They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind. (Isa 53:4) Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment. (Jud 8:26; Ps 109:18) Their eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies. (Job 15:27) They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression. (2Pe 2:18; Jud 1:16) They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth. 10 Therefore his people turn back to them, and find no fault in them.[1] (Job 15:16) 11 And they say, “How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?” (Job 22:13) 12 Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches. (Ps 73:3) 13 All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence. (Job 34:9; Ps 26:6; Ps 73:1) 14 For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning. (Ps 73:5; Ps 101:8; Re 3:19) 15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children. (Ps 14:5) 16 But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, (Ec 8:17) 17 until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end. (Ps 20:2; Ps 37:38) 18 Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin. (Ps 35:6) 19 How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors! (Nu 16:21; Job 18:11) 20 Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms. (Job 20:8; Ps 78:65) 21 When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, 22 I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you. (Job 11:12; Job 18:3; Ps 49:10) 23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. (Ps 41:12; Ps 63:8) 24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. (Ps 32:8; Ps 49:15) 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. (Ps 16:2; Php 3:8) 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength[2] of my heart and my portion forever. (Ps 16:5; Ps 18:2; Ps 40:12; Ps 84:2; Da 12:3) 27 For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you. (Ex 34:15; Nu 15:39; Ps 106:39; Ps 119:155; Jas 4:4) 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. (Ps 14:6; Ps 118:17; Heb 10:22; Jas 4:8)