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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book III
The End of the Wicked Contrasted with That of the Righteous
A Psalm of Asaph.
[1]  SURELY 1 God is good to Israel,
Even to such as are pure in heart.
[2]  But as for me, my feet were almost gone;
My steps had well nigh slipped.
[3]  For I was envious at the arrogant,  2
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 3 trouble as other men;
Neither are they plagued like other men.
[6]  Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck;
Violence covereth them as a garment.
[7]  Their eyes stand out with fatness:
They 4 have more than heart could wish.
[8]  They scoff, and in wickedness utter oppression:
They speak loftily. 5
[9]  They have set their mouth in 6 the heavens,
And their tongue walketh through the earth.
[10]  Therefore his 7 people return hither:
And waters of a full cup are drained by them.
[11]  And they say, How doth God know?
And is there knowledge in the Most High?
[12]  Behold, these are the wicked;
And, being alway at ease, they increase in riches.
[13]  Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart,
And washed my hands in innocency;
[14]  For all the day long have I been plagued,
And chastened 8 every morning.
[15]  If I had said, I will speak thus;
Behold, I had dealt treacherously with the generation of thy children.
[16]  When I thought how I might know this,
It was too 9 painful for me;
[17]  Until I went into the sanctuary of God,
And considered their latter end.
[18]  Surely thou settest them in slippery places:
Thou castest them down to destruction. 10
[19]  How are they become a desolation in a moment!
They are utterly consumed with terrors.
[20]  As a dream when one awaketh,
So, O Lord, when 11 thou awakest, thou wilt despise their image.
[21]  For my soul was 12 grieved,
And I was pricked in my heart: 13
[22]  So brutish was 14 I, and ignorant;
I was as a beast before 15 thee.
[23]  Nevertheless I am continually with thee:
Thou hast holden my right hand.
[24]  Thou wilt guide me with thy counsel,
And afterward receive me to 16 glory.
[25]  Whom have I in heaven but thee?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides 17 thee.
[26]  My flesh and my heart faileth;
But God is the strength 18 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 play the harlot, departing from thee.
[28]  But it is good for me to draw near unto God:
I have made the Lord Jehovah my refuge,
That I may tell of all thy works.
Note 1. Or, Only good is God. [back]
Note 2. Or, fools. [back]
Note 3. Heb. in the trouble of men. [back]
Note 4. Or, The imaginations of their heart overflow. [back]
Note 5. Or, from on high. [back]
Note 6. Or, against. [back]
Note 7. Another reading is, he will bring back his people. [back]
Note 8. Heb. my chastisement was. [back]
Note 9. Heb. labor in mine eyes. [back]
Note 10. Heb. ruins. [back]
Note 11. Or, in the city. [back]
Note 12. Heb. was in a ferment. [back]
Note 13. Heb. reins. [back]
Note 14. Or, am. [back]
Note 15. Heb. with thee. [back]
Note 16. Or, with. [back]
Note 17. Or, with thee. [back]
Note 18. Heb. rock. [back]


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