1 A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God [is] good to Israel, To such as are pure in heart.
2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped.
3 For I [was] envious of the boastful, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 For [there are] no pangs in their death, But their strength [is] firm.
5 They [are] not in trouble [as other] men, Nor are they plagued like [other] men.
6 Therefore pride serves as their necklace; Violence covers them [like] a garment.
7 Their eyes bulge with abundance; They have more than heart could wish.
8 They scoff and speak wickedly [concerning] oppression; They speak loftily.
9 They set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue walks through the earth.
10 Therefore his people return here, And waters of a full [cup] are drained by them.
11 And they say, "How does God know? And is there knowledge in the Most High?"
12 Behold, these [are] the ungodly, Who are always at ease; They increase [in] riches.
13 Surely I have cleansed my heart [in] vain, And washed my hands in innocence.
14 For all day long I have been plagued, And chastened every morning.
15 If I had said, "I will speak thus," Behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of Your children.
16 When I thought [how] to understand this, It [was] too painful for me --
17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; [Then] I understood their end.
18 Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.
19 Oh, how they are [brought] to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors.
20 As a dream when [one] awakes, [So,] Lord, when You awake, You shall despise their image.
21 Thus my heart was grieved, And I was vexed in my mind.
22 I [was] so foolish and ignorant; I was [like] a beast before You.
23 Nevertheless I [am] continually with You; You hold [me] by my right hand.
24 You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me [to] glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven [but You?] And [there is] none upon earth [that] I desire besides You.
26 My flesh and my heart fail; [But] God [is] the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
27 For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish; You have destroyed all those who desert You for harlotry.
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 Your works.
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