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Psalm 73

Book Three

The End of the Wicked Contrasted with That of the Righteous.

A Psalm of Asaph.

1Truly God is good to Israel,
To those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling,
My steps had almost slipped.

For I was envious of the arrogant
As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

For there are no pains in their death,
Their body is fat and pampered.

They are not in trouble as other men,
Nor are they plagued like mankind.

Therefore pride is their necklace;
Violence covers them like a garment [like a long, luxurious robe].

Their eye bulges from fatness [they have more than the heart desires];
The imaginations of their mind run riot [with foolishness].

They mock and wickedly speak of oppression;
They speak loftily [with malice].

They set their mouth against the heavens,
And their tongue swaggers through the earth.

10 
Therefore his people return to this place,
And waters of abundance [offered by the irreverent] are [blindly] drunk by them.
11 
They say, “How does God know?
Is there knowledge [of us] with the Most High?”
12 
Behold, these are the ungodly,
Who always prosper and are at ease [in the world]; they have increased in wealth.
13 
Surely then in vain I have cleansed my heart
And washed my hands in innocence.
14 
For all the day long have I been stricken,
And punished every morning.

15 
If I had said, “I will say this,” [and expressed my feelings],
I would have betrayed the generation of Your children.
16 
When I considered how to understand this,
It was too great an effort for me and too painful
17 
Until I came into the sanctuary of God;
Then I understood [for I considered] their end.
18 
Surely You set the wicked-minded and immoral on slippery places;
You cast them down to destruction.
19 
How they are destroyed in a moment!
They are completely swept away by sudden terrors!
20 
Like a dream [which seems real] until one awakens,
O Lord, when stirred, [You observe the wicked], You will despise their image.

21 
When my heart was embittered
And I was pierced within [as with the fang of an adder],
22 
Then I was senseless and ignorant;
I was like a beast before You.
23 
Nevertheless I am continually with You;
You have taken hold of my right hand.
24 
You will guide me with Your counsel,
And afterward receive me to honor and glory.

25 
Whom have I in heaven [but You]?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
26 
My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the rock and strength of my heart and my portion forever.
27 
For behold, those who are far from You will perish;
You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful and have abandoned You.
28 
But as for me, it is good for me to draw near to God;
I have made the Lord God my refuge and placed my trust in Him,
That I may tell of all Your works.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

詩篇 73

卷三:詩篇73—89

上帝的公正審判

亞薩的詩。

1上帝實在善待以色列人,
恩待那些內心純潔的人。
我卻身陷險地,
幾乎失腳跌倒。
我看見狂傲的惡人亨通就心懷不平。
他們一生平順,健康強壯。
他們不像別人受苦,
不像世人遭難。
他們把驕傲作項鏈戴在頸上,
把暴力作外袍裹在身上。
他們胖得眼睛凸出,
心中充滿罪惡。
他們譏諷嘲笑,言語惡毒,
狂妄地以暴力相威脅。
他們褻瀆上天,詆譭大地。
10 上帝的子民也跟隨他們,
聽從他們的話。
11 他們說:
「上帝怎能知道?
至高者會察覺嗎?」
12 看這些惡人,
他們總是生活安逸,財富日增。
13 我潔身自愛,保持清白,
實屬徒然。
14 我天天遭災,日日受苦。
15 要是我這樣說,
我就是背叛了你的子民。
16 我想明白這一切,
卻百思不得其解。
17 直到我進入你的聖所,
才明白他們的結局。
18 你把他們放在容易滑倒的地方,
使他們落入毀滅中。
19 他們頃刻間被毀滅,
在恐怖中徹底滅亡。
20 他們不過是人醒來後的一場夢。
主啊,你一行動,
他們必灰飛煙滅。
21 我曾感到悲傷,心如刀絞。
22 我當時愚昧無知,
在你面前如同畜類。
23 然而,我一直和你在一起,
你牽著我的手引導我。
24 你以諄諄教誨指引我,
以後必接我到榮耀中。
25 除你以外,在天上我還有誰?
除你以外,在地上我別無愛慕。
26 儘管我身心俱衰,
上帝永遠是我心中的力量,
永遠屬於我。
27 那些遠離你的人必滅亡,
你必滅絕不忠於你的人。
28 對於我,到上帝面前是何等美好。
我以主耶和華為我的避難所,
並宣揚祂的一切作為。