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BOOK 3

The End of the Wicked Contrasted with That of the Righteous.

A Psalm of Asaph.

  1 Surely God is agood to Israel,
  To those who are bpure in heart!
  2 But as for me, amy feet came close to stumbling,
  My steps Ihad almost slipped.
  3 For I was aenvious of the Iarrogant
  [As] I saw the bprosperity of the wicked.
  4 For there are no pains in their death,
  And their Ibody is fat.
  5 They are anot Iin trouble [as other] IImen,
  Nor are they bplagued IIIlike mankind.
  6 Therefore pride is atheir necklace;
  The bgarment of violence covers them.
  7 Their eye Ibulges from afatness;
  The imaginations of [their] heart IIrun riot.
  8 They amock and Iwickedly speak of oppression;
  They bspeak from on high.
  9 They have aset their mouth Iagainst the heavens,
  And their tongue IIparades through the earth.

[1] aPs 86:5 bPs 24:4; 51:10; Mt 5:8
[2] ILit were caused to slip aPs 94:18
[3] IOr boasters aPs 37:1; Pv 23:17 bJb 21:7; Ps 37:7; Jr 12:1
[4] IOr belly
[5] ILit in the trouble of men IIOr mortals IIILit with aJb 21:9; Ps 73:12 bPs 73:14
[6] aGn 41:42; Pv 1:9 bPs 109:18
[7] ILit goes forth IILit overflow aJb 15:27; Ps 17:10; Jr 5:28
[8] IOr they speak in wickedness; From on high they speak of oppression aPs 1:1 bPs 17:10; 2P 2:18; Jde 16
[9] IOr in IILit walks aRv 13:6

  10 ¶ Therefore Ihis people return to this place,
  And waters of aabundance are IIdrunk by them.
  11 They say, “aHow does God know?
  And is there knowledge Iwith the Most High?”
  12 Behold, athese are the wicked;
  And always bat ease, they have increased [in] wealth.
  13 Surely ain vain I have Ikept my heart pure
  And bwashed my hands in innocence;
  14 For I have been stricken aall day long
  And Ibchastened every morning.

[10] IOr His IILit drained out aPs 23:5
[11] ILit in aJb 22:13
[12] aPs 49:6; 52:7 bJr 49:31; Ezk 23:42
[13] IOr cleansed my heart aJb 21:15; 34:9; 35:3 bPs 26:6
[14] ILit my chastening aPs 38:6 bJb 33:19; Ps 118:18

  15 ¶ If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
  Behold, I would have betrayed the ageneration of Your children.
  16 When I apondered to understand this,
  It was Itroublesome in my sight
  17 Until I came into the Iasanctuary of God;
  [Then] I perceived their bend.
  18 Surely You set them in aslippery places;
  You cast them down to Ibdestruction.
  19 How they are Iadestroyed in a moment!
  They are utterly swept away by bsudden terrors!
  20 Like a adream when one awakes,
  O Lord, when baroused, You will cdespise their Iform.

[15] aPs 14:5
[16] ILit labor, trouble aEc 8:17
[17] ILit sanctuaries aPs 27:4; 77:13 bPs 37:38
[18] ILit ruins aPs 35:6 bPs 35:8; 36:12
[19] ILit become a desolation aNu 16:21; Is 47:11 bJb 18:11
[20] IOr image aJb 20:8 bPs 78:65 c1S 2:30

  21 ¶ When my aheart was embittered
  And I was bpierced Iwithin,
  22 Then I was asenseless and ignorant;
  I was [like] Ia bbeast IIbefore You.
  23 Nevertheless aI am continually with You;
  You have taken hold of my right hand.
  24 With Your counsel You will aguide me,
  And afterward breceive me Ito glory.

[21] ILit in my kidneys aJg 10:16 bAc 2:37
[22] IOr an animal IILit with You aPs 49:10; 92:6 bJb 18:3; Ps 49:20; Ec 3:18
[23] aPs 16:8
[24] IOr with honor aPs 32:8; 48:14; Is 58:11 bGn 5:24; Ps 49:15

  25aWhom have I in heaven [but You]?
  And Ibesides You, I desire nothing on earth.
  26 My aflesh and my heart may fail,
  But God is the Istrength of my heart and my bportion forever.
  27 For, behold, athose who are far from You will bperish;
  You have Idestroyed all those who IIcare unfaithful to You.
  28 But as for me, athe nearness of God is my good;
  I have made the Lord IGOD my brefuge,
  That I may ctell of all Your works.

[25] IOr with aPs 16:2; Php 3:8
[26] ILit rock aPs 38:10; 40:12; 84:2; 119:81 bPs 16:5
[27] IOr silenced IILit go to a whoring from aPs 119:155 bPs 37:20 cEx 34:15; Nu 15:39; Ps 106:39; Ho 4:12; 9:1
[28] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD aPs 65:4; He 10:22; Jm 4:8 bPs 14:6; 71:7 cPs 40:5; 107:22; 118:17


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The prophet, prevailing in a temptation,

1 ¶ [[A Psalm of Asaph.]] Truly God [is] good to Israel, [even] to such as are of a clean heart.

[1] Ps 2:6; 42:11; 51:10; 73:18; 84:11; Is 63:7; Jr 4:14; Mt 5:8; Lk 12:32; Jn 1:47; Ro 2:28; 4:16; 9:6; Tit 3:5; Jm 4:8.

sheweth the occasion thereof, the prosperity of the wicked:

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] men. 6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them [as] a garment. 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? 12 Behold, these [are] the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase [in] riches.

[2] Jsh 24:15; 1S 2:9; 12:23; 1Ch 22:7; Jb 12:5; 21:4; Ps 5:7; 17:5, 15; 35:13; 38:16; 94:18; 116:8; Ro 7:23.
[3] Jb 21:7; Ps 37:1, 7; Pv 3:31; 24:1; Jr 12:1; Jm 4:5.
[4] Jb 21:23; 24:20; Ps 17:10, 14; Ec 2:16; 7:15; Lk 16:22.
[5] Jb 21:6; Ps 73:12; Pv 3:11; Jr 12:1; 1Co 11:32; He 12:8; Rv 3:19.
[6] Dt 8:13; 32:15; Jg 8:26; Es 3:1, 5; 5:9; Jb 21:7; Ps 109:18, 29; Pv 1:9; 3:31; 4:17; Ec 8:11; So 4:9; Is 3:19; Jr 48:11, 29; Ezk 16:11; 28:2; Dn 4:30; Mi 2:1; 3:5; Jm 5:4; 1P 5:5.
[7] 1S 25:2, 36; Jb 15:27; Ps 17:10, 14; 73:12; 119:70; Is 3:9; Jr 5:28; Ezk 16:49; Lk 12:16.
[8] Ex 1:9; 1S 13:19; 1K 21:7; Ps 10:2, 10; 12:4; 53:1; Pv 30:13; Jr 7:9; Ho 7:16; 2P 2:10; Jde 1:16.
[9] Ex 5:2; 2Ch 32:15; Jb 21:14; Ps 52:4; Dn 3:15; 7:25; Lk 18:4; Jm 3:6; Rv 13:6.
[10] Ps 75:8.
[11] Jb 22:13; Ps 10:11; 44:21; 73:9; 94:7; 139:1; Ezk 8:12; Ho 7:2; Zp 1:12.
[12] Ps 17:14; 37:35; 52:7; 62:10; 73:3; Jr 5:17, 28; 12:1; Ho 12:7; Lk 16:19; Jm 5:1.

the wound given thereby, diffidence.

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.

[13] Jb 9:27, 31; 21:15; 34:9; 35:3; Ps 24:4; 26:6; 51:10; Mal 3:14; He 10:19; Jm 4:8.
[14] Jb 7:3, 18; 10:3, 17; Ps 34:19; 94:12; Jr 15:18; Am 3:2; He 12:5; 1P 1:6.

The victory over it, knowledge of God's purpose, in destroying of the wicked, and sustaining the righteous.

15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend [against] the generation of thy children. 16 When I thought to know this, it [was] too painful for me; 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; [then] understood I their end. 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 consumed with terrors. 20 As a dream when [one] awaketh; [so], O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image. 21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. 22 So foolish [was] I, and ignorant: I was [as] a beast before thee. 23 Nevertheless I [am] continually with thee: thou hast holden [me] by my right hand. 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] I desire beside 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 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, that I may declare all thy works.

[15] 1S 2:24; Ps 22:30; 24:6; Mal 2:8; Mt 18:6; Ro 14:15, 21; 1Co 8:11; 1P 2:9.
[16] Ps 36:6; 39:6; 77:19; 97:2; Pv 30:2; Ec 8:17; Lk 18:32; Jn 16:18; Ro 11:33.
[17] Jb 27:8; Ps 27:4; 37:37; 63:2; 77:13; 119:24, 130; Ec 8:12; Jr 5:31; Lk 12:20; 16:22.
[18] Dt 32:35; Ps 35:6; 37:20, 24, 35; 55:23; 92:7; 94:23; Jr 23:12; 2Th 1:9.
[19] Nu 17:12; 1S 28:20; Jb 15:21; 20:5, 23; Ps 58:9; Pv 28:1; Is 21:3; 30:13; Dn 5:6; Ac 2:23; 1Th 5:3; Rv 18:10.
[20] Jb 20:8; Ps 7:6; 39:6; 78:65; 90:5; Is 29:7.
[21] Jb 16:13; Ps 37:1, 7; 73:3; Lm 3:13.
[22] Ps 32:9; 69:5; 92:6; Pv 30:2; Ec 3:18; Is 1:3.
[23] Gn 17:1; Ps 16:8; 23:4; 37:17, 24; 63:8; 139:1, 18; Is 41:10, 13; 42:1; Mt 1:23; 28:20; He 13:5.
[24] Ps 16:7; 25:9; 32:8; 48:14; 49:15; 84:11; 143:8; Pv 3:5; 8:20; Is 30:21; 48:17; 58:8, 11; Lk 11:13; 23:46; Jn 14:3; 16:13; 17:5, 24; Ac 7:59; 2Co 5:1; Jm 1:5; 1P 1:4.
[25] Ps 16:5, 11; 17:15; 37:4; 42:1; 43:4; 63:3; 89:6; 104:34; 143:6; Is 26:8; Hab 3:17; Mt 5:8; 10:37; Php 3:8; 1Jn 3:2; Rv 21:3, 22.
[26] Jb 13:15; Ps 16:5; 18:2; 27:14; 63:1; 84:2; 119:57, 81; 138:3; 142:5; Is 40:29; Lm 3:24; 2Co 4:8, 16; 12:9; Php 1:21; 2Ti 4:6; 2P 1:14; Rv 21:3, 7.
[27] Ex 34:15; Nu 15:39; Jb 21:14; Ps 119:155; Is 29:13; Jr 12:2; Mt 15:7; Ep 2:13, 17; Jm 4:4; Rv 17:1.
[28] Ps 65:4; 66:16; 71:17, 24; 84:10; 107:22; 116:7; 118:17; Lm 3:25; Lk 15:17; He 10:19; Jm 4:8; 1P 3:18.


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