A Psalm of Asaph
1 Yet God is good to Israel, To those who are right in heart.
2 As for me, wellnigh slipped had my feet, My steps were almost gone:
3 For I was envious at the foolish, On seeing the prosperity of the ungodly.
4 For there are no bands to their death, And vigorous is their strength.
5 In the [common] trouble of man they are not; And with other men they are not scourged.
6 Therefore encompass them as a chain doth pride; Covered them hath the raiment of violence.
7 Their eye projecteth through fatness; They have passed beyond the thoughts of their heart.
8 They break forth, and talk wickedly of extortion: From on high do they speak.
9 They have set against the heaven their mouth, And their tongue walketh through the earth.
10 On this account his people will return hither, And waters of a full cup will be wrung out to them.
11 And they say, |How doth God know? | |And is there knowledge in the Most High?|
12 Behold these are the ungodly, and [yet] they are in quiet for ever: They heap up riches.
13 Surely in vain I have purified my heart, And washed every day my hands:
14 And I have been scourged every day, And my chastisement [has been] every morning.
15 If I have said, |I will speak thus,| Behold! the generation of thy children: I have transgressed.
16 And although I applied my mind to know this, A pain fill thing it was in mine eyes,
17 Until I entered into the sanctuaries of God, And understood their end.
18 Surely in slippery places thou hast set them; Thou shalt east them down into destructions.
19 How have they been destroyed as in a moment! They have perished, they have been consumed with terrors.
20 As it were a dream after a man is awakened; O Lord! in awaking, their image thou wilt render contemptible.
21 For in a ferment was my heart, And in my reins I was pierced.
22 And I myself [was] foolish and knew not any thing; As the beasts have I been before thee.
23 Nevertheless I have been continually with thee; Thou hast held my right hand.
24 With thy counsel thou shalt guide me; And at length to glory thou shalt take me.
25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? And another with time I have not desired on the earth.
26 Failed have my flesh and my heart; But the strength of my heart and my portion is God for ever.
27 For lo! those who depart from thee shall perish: Thou hast destroyed every one who goeth a whoring from thee.
28 As for me, to draw near to God is good for me: I have put in the Lord Jehovah my trust, That I may tell of all thy works.