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The End of the Wicked Contrasted with That of the Righteous.

A Psalm of Asaph.

1 Surely God is good R2195 to Israel,

To those who are pure R2196 in heart!

2 But as for me, my R2197 feet came close to stumbling,

My steps had F746 almost slipped.

3 For I was envious R2198 of the arrogant F747

As I saw the prosperity R2199 of the wicked.

4 For there are no pains in their death,

And their body F748 is fat.

5 They are not R2200 in F749 trouble as other men, F750

Nor are they plagued R2201 like F751 mankind.

6 Therefore pride is their R2202 necklace;

The garment R2203 of violence covers them.

7 Their eye bulges F752 from fatness; R2204

The imaginations of their heart run F753 riot.

8 They mock R2205 and wickedly F754 speak of oppression;

They speak R2206 from on high.

9 They have set R2207 their mouth against F755 the heavens,

And their tongue parades F756 through the earth.

10 Therefore his F757 people return to this place,

And waters of abundance R2208 are drunk F758 by them.

11 They say, "How R2209 does God know?

And is there knowledge with F759 the Most High?"

12 Behold, these R2210 are the wicked;

And always at R2211 ease, they have increased in wealth.

13 Surely in R2212 vain I have kept F760 my heart pure

And washed R2213 my hands in innocence;

14 For I have been stricken all R2214 day long

And chastened R2215 F761 every morning.

15 If I had said, "I will speak thus,"

Behold, I would have betrayed the generation R2216 of Your children.

16 When I pondered R2217 to understand this,

It was troublesome F762 in my sight

17 Until I came into the sanctuary R2218 F763 of God;

Then I perceived their end. R2219

18 Surely You set them in slippery R2220 places;

You cast them down to destruction. R2221 F764

19 How they are destroyed R2222 F765 in a moment!

They are utterly swept away by sudden R2223 terrors!

20 Like a dream R2224 when one awakes,

O Lord, when aroused, R2225 You will despise R2226 their form. F766

21 When my heart R2227 was embittered

And I was pierced R2228 within, F767

22 Then I was senseless R2229 and ignorant;

I was like a F768 beast R2230 before F769 You.

23 Nevertheless I R2231 am continually with You;

You have taken hold of my right hand.

24 With Your counsel You will guide R2232 me,

And afterward receive R2233 me to F770 glory.

25 Whom R2234 have I in heaven but You?

And besides F771 You, I desire nothing on earth.

26 My flesh R2235 and my heart may fail,

But God is the strength F772 of my heart and my portion R2236 forever.

27 For, behold, those R2237 who are far from You will perish; R2238

You have destroyed F773 all those who are R2239 F774 unfaithful to You.

28 But as for me, the R2240 nearness of God is my good;

I have made the Lord GOD F775 my refuge, R2241

That I may tell R2242 of all Your works.

F746: Or live
F747: Lit seed
F748: Or soul
F749: Or to injure me
F750: Some mss read appalled
F751: Or crag
F752: Lit palm
F753: Hebrew YHWH, usually rendered L\ORD/
F754: Lit Upon You I have been supported
F755: Lit in
F756: Lit with reference to
F757: Lit soul
F758: Lit my injury
F759: Lit add upon all Your praise
F760: Lit numbers
F761: Hebrew YHWH, usually rendered L\ORD/
F762: Lit arm
F763: Or And
F764: Lit height
F765: Another reading is us
F766: Lit an instrument of a harp
F767: Or faithfulness
F768: Or to injure me
F769: Or He will judge
F770: Many of the pronouns in this Psalm may be rendered He since the typical reference is to the Messiah
F771: Or Your humble
F772: Or The mountains will bring
F773: Or prosperity
F774: Or He will vindicate
F775: Or humble

R2195: Psalms 86:5
R2196: Psalms 24:4; 51:10; Matthew 5:8
R2197: Psalms 94:18
R2198: Psalms 37:1; Proverbs 23:17
R2199: Job 1:21:7; Psalms 37:7; Jeremiah 12:1
R2200: Job 1:21:9; Psalms 73:12
R2201: Psalms 73:14
R2202: Genesis 41:42; Proverbs 1:9
R2203: Psalms 109:18
R2204: Job 1:15:27; Psalms 17:10; Jeremiah 5:28
R2205: Psalms 1:1
R2206: Psalms 17:10; 2 Peter 2:18; Jude 1:16
R2207: Revelation 13:6
R2208: Psalms 23:5
R2209: Job 1:22:13
R2210: Psalms 49:6; 52:7
R2211: Jeremiah 49:31; Ezekiel 23:42
R2212: Job 1:21:15; 34:9; 35:3
R2213: Psalms 26:6
R2214: Psalms 38:6
R2215: Job 1:33:19; Psalms 118:18
R2216: Psalms 14:5
R2217: Ecclesiastes 8:17
R2218: Psalms 27:4; 77:13
R2219: Psalms 37:38
R2220: Psalms 35:6
R2221: Psalms 35:8; 36:12
R2222: Numbers 16:21; Isaiah 47:11
R2223: Job 1:18:11
R2224: Job 1:20:8
R2225: Psalms 78:65
R2226: 1 Samuel 2:30
R2227: Judges 10:16
R2228: Acts 2:37
R2229: Psalms 49:10; 92:6
R2230: Job 1:18:3; Psalms 49:20; Ecclesiastes 3:18
R2231: Psalms 16:8
R2232: Psalms 32:8; 48:14; Isaiah 58:11
R2233: Genesis 5:24; Psalms 49:15
R2234: Psalms 16:2; Philippians 3:8
R2235: Psalms 38:10; 40:12; 84:2; 119:81
R2236: Psalms 16:5
R2237: Psalms 119:155
R2238: Psalms 37:20
R2239: Exodus 34:15; Numbers 15:39; Psalms 106:39; Hosea 4:12; 9:1
R2240: Psalms 65:4; Hebrews 10:22; James 4:8
R2241: Psalms 14:6; 71:7
R2242: Psalms 40:5; 107:22; 118:17


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