A Psalm of Asaph.
Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.||
But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.||
For I was envious at
the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.||
(73:3-4, 7, 12) |
These verses speak of the prosperity of the wicked.
Do evildoers prosper?
(73:3) "I was envious ... when I saw the prosperity of the wicked."
(73:4) "They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men."
For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.
They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.
Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them
as a garment.
Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.||
(73:7) "They have more than heart could wish."
They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak
They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through
Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out
And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?||
Behold, these are the
ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.||
(73:12) "Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches."
Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.||
For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.||
If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the
generation of thy children.||
When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;||
Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.||
Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down
How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly
consumed with terrors.||
As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt
despise their image.||
Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.||
(73:21) "I was pricked in my reins."|
("Reins" means kidneys in the Bible.)
So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.||
Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.||
Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire
My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my
portion for ever.||
For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all
them that go a whoring from thee.||
(73:27) "They that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go
a whoring from thee."
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.