The Prosperity of the Wicked - Psalm 73

Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean  heart.  Psalm 73:1 

Psalm 73:2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh  slipped.  

Psalm 73:3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of  the wicked.  

Psalm 73:4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is  firm.  

Psalm 73:5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they  plagued like other men.  

Psalm 73:6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence  covereth them as a garment.  

Psalm 73:7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart  could wish.  

Psalm 73:8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression:  they speak loftily.  

Psalm 73:9 They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue  walketh through the earth.  

Psalm 73:10 Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup  are wrung out to them.  

Psalm 73:11 And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the  most High?  

Psalm 73:12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they  increase in riches.  

Psalm 73:13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands  in innocency.  

Psalm 73:14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every  morning.  

Psalm 73:15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against  the generation of thy children.  

Psalm 73:16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;  

Psalm 73:17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I  their end.  

Psalm 73:18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst  them down into destruction.  

Psalm 73:19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they  are utterly consumed with terrors.  

Psalm 73:20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest,  thou shalt despise their image.  

Psalm 73:21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.  

Psalm 73:22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before  thee.  

Psalm 73:23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden  me by my right hand.  

Psalm 73:24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me  to glory.  

Psalm 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon  earth that I desire beside thee.  

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of  my heart, and my portion for ever.  

Psalm 73:27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast  destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.  

Psalm 73:28 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.  KJV

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