Chapter 73

  1. 1. [A Psalme of Asaph.] Truely God is good to Israel, euen to such as are of a cleane heart.
  2. 2. But as for mee, my feete were almost gone: my steps had well-nigh slipt.
  3. 3. For I was enuious at the foolish, when I sawe the prosperity of the wicked.
  4. 4. For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firme.
  5. 5. They are not in trouble as other men: neither are they plagued like other men.
  6. 6. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chaine: violence couereth them as a garment.
  7. 7. Their eies stand out with fatnes: they haue more then heart could wish.
  8. 8. They are corrupt, and speake wickedly concerning oppression: they speake loftily.
  9. 9. They set their mouth against the heauens; and their tongue walketh through the earth.
  10. 10. Therefore his people returne hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.
  11. 11. And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?
  12. 12. Behold, these are the vngodly: who prosper in the world, they increase in riches.
  13. 13. Uerily I haue cleansed my heart in vaine, and washed my hands in innocencie.
  14. 14. For all the day long haue I bene plagued, and chastened euery morning.
  15. 15. If I say, I will speake thus: behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
  16. 16. When I thought to know this, it was too painfull for me,
  17. 17. Untill I went into the Sanctuarie of God; then vnderstood I their end.
  18. 18. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them downe into destruction.
  19. 19. How are they brought into desolation as in a moment? they are vtterly consumed with terrours.
  20. 20. As a dreame when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest thou shalt despise their image.
  21. 21. Thus my heart was greeued, and I was pricked in my reines.
  22. 22. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
  23. 23. Neuerthelesse I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.
  24. 24. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsell; and afterward receiue me to glory.
  25. 25. Whom haue I in heauen but thee? and there is none vpon earth that I desire besides thee.
  26. 26. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for euer.
  27. 27. For loe, they that are farre from thee, shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that goe awhoring from thee.
  28. 28. But it is good for me, to drawe neere to God: I haue put my trust in the Lord God, that I maydeclare all thy workes.

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