Bishops' Bible

Psalms 73

The prophet, prevailing in a temptation,

Psalms 73:1 {A psalme of Asaph.} Truely the Lorde is very good vnto Israel: vnto such as haue a cleane heart.

sheweth the occasion thereof, the prosperity of the wicked:

Psalms 73:2 Neuerthelesse, my feete were almost gone from me: my steppes had almost slypt. Psalms 73:3 For I enuied at the case of the foolishe: I sawe the wicked [flowe] in all kynde of prosperitie. Psalms 73:4 For there be no bondes of death that can holde them: and the galaries of their houses be strong. Psalms 73:5 They come in no misfortune lyke other folke: neither are they plagued lyke other men. Psalms 73:6 And this is the cause that pride compasse them rounde about: and crueltie couereth them as a garment. Psalms 73:7 Their eyes stande out for fatnesse: and the cogitations of their heartes do passe from them. Psalms 73:8 They make other dissolute, they speake oppression with iniurie: they talke proudely and presumptuously. Psalms 73:9 For they stretch foorth their mouth vnto the heauen: and their tongue goeth through the worlde. Psalms 73:10 Therfore [God] his people turneth thither: and there is drawen vnto them waters in a full [cuppe.] Psalms 73:11 And they say, howe shoulde God perceaue it? is there knowledge in the most hyghest? Psalms 73:12 Lo these vngodly and fortunate in the worlde: do possesse riches.

the wound given thereby, diffidence.

Psalms 73:13 Truely I haue cleansed my heart in vayne: and wasshed my handes in innocencie. Psalms 73:14 All the day long I haue ben scourged: and chastened euery mornyng.

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

Psalms 73:15 If I shoulde say that I woulde iudge after this sort: lo then I shoulde condempne the generation of thy children. Psalms 73:16 Therfore I considered howe I might vnderstande this: but it was to paynefull in myne eyes. Psalms 73:17 Untyll I went vnto the sanctuarie of God: and vnderstood the ende of them. Psalms 73:18 Truely thou doest set them in slippery places: and castest them downe headlong for to be destroyed. Psalms 73:19 Oh howe be they brought to a destruction euen vpon a sodayne: they faynt, they consume away for very dread. Psalms 73:20 They be as a dreame to a man after he is once waked: O Lorde thou wylt cause their image to be dispised in the citie. Psalms 73:21 Ueryly thus was my heart inflamed: thus was my reynes pricked. Psalms 73:22 So foolishe was I and voyde of vnderstanding: I was euen a bruite beast before thee. Psalms 73:23 Neuerthelesse I am alway with thee: for thou hast holden me by my ryght hande. Psalms 73:24 Thou hast guyde me with thy counsayle: and after that thou receauedst me with glorie. Psalms 73:25 Whom haue I in heauen but thee? and there is none vpon earth that I desire besides thee. Psalms 73:26 My fleshe and my heart fayleth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for euer. Psalms 73:27 For lo, they that kepe them selues a loofe from thee shall perishe: thou destroyest euery one that committeth fornication agaynst thee. Psalms 73:28 But it is good for me to come neare vnto God: [wherfore] I put my trust in thee O Lorde God, that I may declare all thy workes.

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