Psalms 73 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Psalms 73


Psalms 73:1

Surely God is good to Israel, [Even] to such as are pure in heart.

Psalms 73:2

But as for me, my feet were almost gone; My steps had well nigh slipped.

Psalms 73:3

For I was envious at the arrogant, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Psalms 73:4

For there are no pangs in their death; But their strength is firm.

Psalms 73:5

They are not in trouble as [other] men; Neither are they plagued like [other] men.

Psalms 73:6

Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck; Violence covereth them as a garment.

Psalms 73:7

Their eyes stand out with fatness: They have more than heart could wish.

Psalms 73:8

They scoff, and in wickedness utter oppression: They speak loftily.

Psalms 73:9

They have set their mouth in the heavens, And their tongue walketh through the earth.

Psalms 73:10

Therefore his people return hither: And waters of a full [cup] are drained by them.

Psalms 73:11

And they say, How doth God know? And is there knowledge in the Most High?

Psalms 73:12

Behold, these are the wicked; And, being alway at ease, they increase in riches.

Psalms 73:13

Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart, And washed my hands in innocency;

Psalms 73:14

For all the day long have I been plagued, And chastened every morning.

Psalms 73:15

If I had said, I will speak thus; Behold, I had dealt treacherously with the generation of thy children.

Psalms 73:16

When I thought how I might know this, It was too painful for me;

Psalms 73:17

Until I went into the sanctuary of God, And considered their latter end.

Psalms 73:18

Surely thou settest them in slippery places: Thou castest them down to destruction.

Psalms 73:19

How are they become a desolation in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors.

Psalms 73:20

As a dream when one awaketh, So, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou wilt despise their image.

Psalms 73:21

For my soul was grieved, And I was pricked in my heart:

Psalms 73:22

So brutish was I, and ignorant; I was [as] a beast before thee.

Psalms 73:23

Nevertheless I am continually with thee: Thou hast holden my right hand.

Psalms 73:24

Thou wilt guide me with thy counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.

Psalms 73:25

Whom have I in heaven [but thee]? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee.

Psalms 73:26

My flesh and my heart faileth; [But] God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.

Psalms 73:27

For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: Thou hast destroyed all them that play the harlot, [departing] from thee.

Psalms 73:28

But it is good for me to draw near unto God: I have made the Lord Jehovah my refuge, That I may tell of all thy works.

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