Psalm 73 (NIV)
1 Surely God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.
2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold.
3 For I envied the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 Thy have no struggles;
thier bodies are healthy and stong.
5 They are free from the burdens coomn to man;
thy are not plagues by human ills.
6 Therefore pride is thier necklace;
they clothe themselves with violence.
7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity;
they evil conceits of thier minds know no limits.
8 They scoff, and speak with malice;
in thier arrogance they threaten oppression.
9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
and thier tongues take possession of the earth.
10 Therfore thier people turn to them
and drink up waters in abundance.
11 They say, "How can God know?
Does the MOst High have knowlege?"
12 This is what the wicked are like--
always carefree, they increas in wealth.
13 Surely in vain have I kpet my heart pure;
in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.
14 All day long I have been plagued;
I have been punished every morning.
15 If I had said, "I will speak thurs,"
I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tired to undersand all this,
it was oppressive to me
17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;
then I understood thier final destiny.
18 Surely you place them on sluppery ground;
you cas them down to ruin.
19 How suddenly are they destroyed
completely swept away by terros!
20 As a dream when on awakes,
so when you arise, O lord,
you will despise them as fantasies.
21 When my heart was grieved
and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant;
I was a brute beat before you.
23 Yet I am awlays with you;
you hold myby my right hand.
24 Yuo guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will tame me into glory.
25 Who have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
27 Those whoare far from you will perish;
you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good tobe near God.
I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds.