Psalm 73. Quam bonus Israel!
From the Book of Divine Worship
- The Psalter or Psalms of David - Contemporary - Fourteenth Day - Evening Prayer.
- Truly, God is good to Israel, *
to those who are pure in heart.
- But as for me, my feet had nearly slipped; *
I had almost tripped and fallen;
- Because I envied the proud *
and saw the prosperity of the wicked:
- For they suffer no pain, *
and their bodies are sleek and sound;
- In the misfortunes of others they have no share; *
they are not afflicted as others are;
- Therefore they wear their pride like a necklace *
and wrap their violence about them like a cloak.
- Their iniquity comes from gross minds, *
and their hearts overflow with wicked thoughts.
- They scoff and speak maliciously; *
out of their haughtiness they plan oppression.
- They set their mouths against the heavens, *
and their evil speech runs through the world.
- And so the people turn to them *
and find in them no fault.
- They say, "How should God know? *
is there knowledge in the Most High?"
- So then, these are the wicked; *
always at ease, they increase their wealth.
- In vain have I kept my heart clean, *
and washed my hands in innocence.
- I have been afflicted all day long, *
and punished every morning.
- Had I gone on speaking this way, *
I should have betrayed the generation of your children.
- When I tried to understand these things, *
it was too hard for me;
- Until I entered the sanctuary of God *
and discerned the end of the wicked.
- Surely, you set them in slippery places; *
you cast them down in ruin.
- Oh, how suddenly do they come to destruction, *
come to an end, and perish from terror!
- Like a dream when one awakens, O Lord, *
when you arise you will make their image vanish.
- When my mind became embittered, *
I was sorely wounded in my heart.
- I was stupid and had no understanding; *
I was like a brute beast in your presence.
- Yet I am always with you; *
you hold me by my right hand.
- You will guide me by your counsel, *
and afterwards receive me with glory.
- Whom have I in heaven but you? *
and having you I desire nothing upon earth.
- Though my flesh and my heart should waste away, *
God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.
- Truly, those who forsake you will perish; *
you destroy all who are unfaithful.
- But it is good for me to be near God; *
I have made the Lord God my refuge.
- I will speak of all your works *
in the gates of the city of Zion.
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