King James Version

Psalm 73

1Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

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

For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.

They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.

Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.

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

They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.

They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.

10 Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.

11 And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?

12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.

13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.

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

15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.

16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.

19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.

21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.

22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.

23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.

24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.

28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 73

BOOK III

Psalms 73–89

Psalm 73

A psalm of Asaph.

God is truly good to Israel.
    He is good to those who have pure hearts.

But my feet had almost slipped.
    I had almost tripped and fallen.
I saw that proud and sinful people were doing well.
    And I began to long for what they had.

They don’t have any troubles.
    Their bodies are healthy and strong.
They don’t have the problems most people have.
    They don’t suffer as other people do.
Their pride is like a necklace.
    They put on meanness as if it were their clothes.
Many sins come out of their hard and stubborn hearts.
    There is no limit to the evil things they can think up.
They laugh at others and speak words of hatred.
    They are proud. They warn others about the harm they can do to them.
They brag as if they owned heaven itself.
    They talk as if they controlled the earth.
10 So people listen to them.
    They lap up their words like water.
11 They say, “How would God know what we’re doing?
    Does the Most High God know anything?”

12 Here is what sinful people are like.
    They don’t have a care in the world.
    They keep getting richer and richer.

13 It seems as if I have kept my heart pure for no reason.
    It didn’t do me any good to wash my hands
    to show that I wasn’t guilty of doing anything wrong.
14 Day after day I’ve been in pain.
    God has punished me in a new way every morning.

15 What if I had talked like that?
    Then I wouldn’t have been faithful to God’s children.
16 I tried to understand it all.
    But it was more than I could handle.
17 It troubled me until I entered God’s temple.
    Then I understood what will finally happen to bad people.

18 God, I’m sure you will make them slip and fall.
    You will throw them down and destroy them.
19 It will happen very suddenly.
    A terrible death will take them away completely.
20 A dream goes away when a person wakes up.
    Lord, it will be like that when you rise up.
    It will be as if those people were only a dream.

21 At one time my heart was sad
    and my spirit was bitter.
22 I didn’t have any sense. I didn’t know anything.
    I acted like a wild animal toward you.

23 But I am always with you.
    You hold me by my right hand.
24 You give me wise advice to guide me.
    And when I die, you will take me away
    into the glory of heaven.
25 I don’t have anyone in heaven but you.
    I don’t want anything on earth besides you.
26 My body and my heart may grow weak.
    God, you give strength to my heart.
    You are everything I will ever need.

27 Those who don’t want anything to do with you will die.
    You destroy all those who aren’t faithful to you.
28 But I am close to you. And that’s good.
    Lord and King, I have made you my place of safety.
    I will talk about everything you have done.