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- Ps 73
God Is My Strength and Portion Forever
A Psalm of Asaph.
731Truly God is good to cIsrael,
to those who are dpure in heart.
2But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
my steps had nearly slipped.
3eFor I was fenvious of the arrogant
when I saw the gprosperity of the wicked.
4For they have no pangs until death;
their bodies are fat and sleek.
5They are not in trouble as others are;
they are not hstricken like the rest of mankind.
6Therefore pride is itheir necklace;
violence covers them as ja garment.
7Their keyes swell out through fatness;
their hearts overflow with follies.
8They scoff and lspeak with malice;
loftily they threaten oppression.
9They set their mouths against the heavens,
and their tongue struts through the earth.
10Therefore his people turn back to them,
and find mno fault in them.1
11And they say, n“How can God know?
Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
12Behold, these are the wicked;
always at ease, they oincrease in riches.
13All in vain have I pkept my heart clean
and qwashed my hands in innocence.
14For all the day long I have been hstricken
and rrebuked severy morning.
15If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
I would have betrayed tthe generation of your children.
16But when I thought how to understand this,
it seemed to me ua wearisome task,
17until I went into vthe sanctuary of God;
then I discerned their wend.
18Truly you set them in xslippery places;
you make them fall to ruin.
19How they are destroyed yin a moment,
swept away utterly by zterrors!
20Like aa dream when one awakes,
O Lord, when byou rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.
21When my soul was embittered,
when I was pricked in heart,
22I was cbrutish and ignorant;
I was like da beast toward you.
23Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you ehold my right hand.
24You fguide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will greceive me to glory.
25hWhom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26iMy flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is jthe strength2 of my heart and my kportion lforever.
27For behold, those who are mfar from you shall perish;
you put an end to everyone who is nunfaithful to you.
28But for me it is good to obe near God;
I have made the Lord God my prefuge,
that I may qtell of all your works.