New American Standard Bible

Psalm 73

BOOK 3

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

A Psalm of Asaph.

1Surely God is good to Israel,
To those who are pure in heart!
But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling,
My steps [a]had almost slipped.
For I was envious of the [b]arrogant
As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
For there are no pains in their death,
And their [c]body is fat.
They are not [d]in trouble as other [e]men,
Nor are they plagued [f]like mankind.
Therefore pride is their necklace;
The garment of violence covers them.
Their eye [g]bulges from fatness;
The imaginations of their heart [h]run riot.
They mock and [i]wickedly speak of oppression;
They speak from on high.
They have set their mouth [j]against the heavens,
And their tongue [k]parades through the earth.

10 Therefore [l]his people return to this place,
And waters of abundance are [m]drunk by them.
11 They say, “How does God know?
And is there knowledge [n]with the Most High?”
12 Behold, these are the wicked;
And always at ease, they have increased in wealth.
13 Surely in vain I have [o]kept my heart pure
And washed my hands in innocence;
14 For I have been stricken all day long
And [p]chastened every morning.

15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
Behold, I would have betrayed the generation of Your children.
16 When I pondered to understand this,
It was [q]troublesome in my sight
17 Until I came into the [r]sanctuary of God;
Then I perceived their end.
18 Surely You set them in slippery places;
You cast them down to [s]destruction.
19 How they are [t]destroyed in a moment!
They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors!
20 Like a dream when one awakes,
O Lord, when aroused, You will despise their [u]form.

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

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

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 73:2 Lit were caused to slip
  2. Psalm 73:3 Or boasters
  3. Psalm 73:4 Or belly
  4. Psalm 73:5 Lit in the trouble of men
  5. Psalm 73:5 Or mortals
  6. Psalm 73:5 Lit with
  7. Psalm 73:7 Lit goes forth
  8. Psalm 73:7 Lit overflow
  9. Psalm 73:8 Or they speak in wickedness; From on high they speak of oppression
  10. Psalm 73:9 Or in
  11. Psalm 73:9 Lit walks
  12. Psalm 73:10 Or His
  13. Psalm 73:10 Lit drained out
  14. Psalm 73:11 Lit in
  15. Psalm 73:13 Or cleansed my heart
  16. Psalm 73:14 Lit my chastening
  17. Psalm 73:16 Lit labor, trouble
  18. Psalm 73:17 Lit sanctuaries
  19. Psalm 73:18 Lit ruins
  20. Psalm 73:19 Lit become a desolation
  21. Psalm 73:20 Or image
  22. Psalm 73:21 Lit in my kidneys
  23. Psalm 73:22 Or an animal
  24. Psalm 73:22 Lit with You
  25. Psalm 73:24 Or with honor
  26. Psalm 73:25 Or with
  27. Psalm 73:26 Lit rock
  28. Psalm 73:27 Or silenced
  29. Psalm 73:27 Lit go to a whoring from
  30. Psalm 73:28 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord

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.