Psalm 73. Quam bonus Israel!
From the Book of Divine Worship
- The Psalter or Psalms of David - Traditional - Fourteenth Day - Evening Prayer.
- TRULY God is loving unto Israel: *
even unto such as are of a clean heart.
- Nevertheless, my feet were almost gone, *
my treadings had well-nigh slipt.
- And why? I was grieved at the wicked: *
I do also see the ungodly in such prosperity.
- For they are in no peril of death; *
but are lusty and strong.
- They come in no misfortune like other folk; *
neither are they plagued like other men.
- And this is the cause that they are so holden with pride, *
and cruelty covereth them as a garment.
- Their eyes swell with fatness, *
and they do even what they lust.
- They corrupt other, and speak of wicked blasphemy; *
their talking is against the Most High.
- For they stretch forth their mouth unto the heaven, *
and their tongue goeth through the world.
- Therefore fall the people unto them, *
and thereout suck they no small advantage.
- Tush, say they, how should God perceive it? *
is there knowledge in the Most High?
- Lo, these are the ungodly, *
these prosper in the world, and these have riches in possession:
- And I said, Then have I cleansed my heart in vain, *
and washed my hands in innocency.
- All the day long have I been punished, *
and chastened every morning.
- Yea, and I had almost said even as they; *
but lo, then I should have condemned the generation of thy children.
- Then thought I to understand this; *
but it was too hard for me,
- Until I went into the sanctuary of God: *
then understood I the end of these men;
- Namely, how thou dost set them in slippery places, *
and castest them down, and destroyest them.
- O how suddenly do they consume, *
perish, and come to a fearful end!
- Yea, even like as a dream when one awaketh; *
so shalt thou make their image to vanish out of the city.
- Thus my heart was grieved, *
and it went even through my reins.
- So foolish was I, and ignorant, *
even as it were a beast before thee.
- Nevertheless, I am alway by thee; *
for thou hast holden me by my right hand.
- Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, *
and after that receive me with glory.
- Whom have I in heaven but thee? *
and there is none upon earth that I desire in comparison of thee.
- My flesh and my heart faileth; *
but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
- For lo, they that forsake thee shall perish; *
thou hast destroyed all them that are unfaithful unto thee.
- But it is good for me to hold me fast by God, to put my trust in the Lord GOD, *
and to speak of all thy works in the gates of the daughter of Sion.
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