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Salmos 73

LIBRO III

Salmo de Asaf.

1En verdad, ¡cuán bueno es Dios con Israel,
    con los puros de corazón!
Yo estuve a punto de caer,
    y poco me faltó para que resbalara.
Sentí envidia de los arrogantes,
    al ver la prosperidad de esos malvados.

Ellos no tienen ningún problema;
    su cuerpo está fuerte y saludable.[a]
Libres están de los afanes de todos;
    no les afectan los infortunios humanos.
Por eso lucen su orgullo como un collar,
    y hacen gala de su violencia.
¡Están que revientan de malicia,
    y hasta se les ven sus malas intenciones!
Son burlones, hablan con doblez,
    y arrogantes oprimen y amenazan.
Con la boca increpan al cielo,
    con la lengua dominan la tierra.
10 Por eso la gente acude a ellos
    y cree todo lo que afirman.
11 Hasta dicen: «¿Cómo puede Dios saberlo?
    ¿Acaso el Altísimo tiene entendimiento?»

12 Así son los impíos;
    sin afanarse, aumentan sus riquezas.

13 En verdad, ¿de qué me sirve
    mantener mi corazón limpio
    y mis manos lavadas en la inocencia,
14 si todo el día me golpean
    y de mañana me castigan?

15 Si hubiera dicho: «Voy a hablar como ellos»,
    habría traicionado a tu linaje.
16 Cuando traté de comprender todo esto,
    me resultó una carga insoportable,
17 hasta que entré en el santuario de Dios;
    allí comprendí cuál será el destino de los malvados:
18 En verdad, los has puesto en terreno resbaladizo,
    y los empujas a su propia destrucción.
19 ¡En un instante serán destruidos,
    totalmente consumidos por el terror!
20 Como quien despierta de un sueño,
    así, Señor, cuando tú te levantes,
    desecharás su falsa apariencia.

21 Se me afligía el corazón
    y se me amargaba el ánimo
22 por mi necedad e ignorancia.
    ¡Me porté contigo como una bestia!
23 Pero yo siempre estoy contigo,
    pues tú me sostienes de la mano derecha.
24 Me guías con tu consejo,
    y más tarde me acogerás en gloria.
25 ¿A quién tengo en el cielo sino a ti?
    Si estoy contigo, ya nada quiero en la tierra.
26 Podrán desfallecer mi cuerpo y mi espíritu,[b]
    pero Dios fortalece[c] mi corazón;
    él es mi herencia eterna.

27 Perecerán los que se alejen de ti;
    tú destruyes a los que te son infieles.
28 Para mí el bien es estar cerca de Dios.
    He hecho del Señor Soberano mi refugio
    para contar todas sus obras.

Notas al pie

  1. 73:4 no tienen ningún problema; / su cuerpo está fuerte y saludable. Alt. no tienen lucha alguna ante su muerte; / su cuerpo está saludable.
  2. 73:26 espíritu. Lit. corazón.
  3. 73:26 fortalece. Lit. es la roca de.

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.