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Psalms 73

The prophet, prevailing in a temptation,

Psalms 73:1 {BOOK III} {A Psalm of Asaph.} Surely God is good to Israel, [even] to such as are pure in heart.

sheweth the occasion thereof, the prosperity of the wicked:

Psalms 73:2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. Psalms 73:3 For I was envious at the arrogant, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Psalms 73:4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. Psalms 73:5 They are not in trouble as [other] men; neither are they plagued like [other] men. Psalms 73:6 Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck; violence covereth them as a garment. Psalms 73:7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. Psalms 73:8 They scoff, and in wickedness utter oppression: they speak loftily. Psalms 73:9 They have set their mouth in the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. Psalms 73:10 Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full [cup] are wrung out by them. Psalms 73:11 And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the Most High? Psalms 73:12 Behold, these are the wicked; and, being alway at ease, they increase in riches.

the wound given thereby, diffidence.

Psalms 73:13 Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart, and washed my hands in innocency; Psalms 73:14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.

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

Psalms 73:15 If I had said, I will speak thus; behold, I had dealt treacherously with the generation of thy children. Psalms 73:16 When I thought how I might know this, it was too painful for me; Psalms 73:17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God, and considered their latter end. Psalms 73:18 Surely thou settest them in slippery places: thou castest them down to destruction. Psalms 73:19 How are they become a desolation in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. Psalms 73:20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image. Psalms 73:21 For my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins: Psalms 73:22 So brutish was I, and ignorant; I was [as] a beast before thee. Psalms 73:23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden my right hand. Psalms 73:24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Psalms 73:25 Whom have I in heaven [but thee]? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. Psalms 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: [but] God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever. Psalms 73:27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. Psalms 73:28 But it is good for me to draw near unto God: I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all thy works.

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