Psalm 73. Quam bonus Israel!
TRULY God is loving unto Israel: * even unto such as are of a
2 Nevertheless, my feet were almost gone, * my treadings had
3 And why? I was grieved at the wicked: * I do also see the ungodly
in such prosperity.
4 For they are in no peril of death; * but are lusty and strong.
5 They come in no misfortune like other folk; * neither are they
plagued like other men.
6 And this is the cause that they are so holden with pride, *
and cruelty covereth them as a garment.
7 Their eyes swell with fatness, * and they do even what they
8 They corrupt other, and speak of wicked blasphemy; * their
talking is against the Most High.
9 For they stretch forth their mouth unto the heaven, * and their
tongue goeth through the world.
10 Therefore fall the people unto them, * and thereout suck they
no small advantage.
11 Tush, say they, how should God perceive it? * is there knowledge
in the Most High?
12 Lo, these are the ungodly, * these prosper in the world, and
these have riches in possession:
13 And I said, Then have I cleansed my heart in vain, * and washed
my hands in innocency.
14 All the day long have I been punished, * and chastened every
15 Yea, and I had almost said even as they; * but lo, then I
should have condemned the generation of thy children.
16 Then thought I to understand this; * but it was too hard for
17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God: * then understood
I the end of these men;
18 Namely, how thou dost set them in slippery places, * and castest
them down, and destroyest them.
19 O how suddenly do they consume, * perish, and come to a fearful
20 Yea, even like as a dream when one awaketh; * so shalt thou
make their image to vanish out of the city.
21 Thus my heart was grieved, * and it went even through my reins.
22 So foolish was I, and ignorant, * even as it were a beast
23 Nevertheless, I am alway by thee; * for thou hast holden me
by my right hand.
24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, * and after that receive
me with glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? * and there is none upon earth
that I desire in comparison of thee.
26 My flesh and my heart faileth; * but God is the strength of
my heart, and my portion for ever.
27 For lo, they that forsake thee shall perish; * thou hast destroyed
all them that are unfaithful unto thee.
28 But it is good for me to hold me fast by God, to put my trust
in the Lord GOD, * and to speak of all thy works in the gates
of the daughter of Sion.