God is good to Israel—The wicked and ungodly prosper in this world—They will be consumed with terrors hereafter—Those who trust in the Lord will be received up unto glory.
A Psalm of Asaph.
1 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a aclean heart.
2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.
3 For I was aenvious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.
5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.
6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a achain; violence covereth them as a garment.
7 Their eyes stand out with afatness: they have more than heart could wish.
8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they aspeak loftily.
9 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 aknow? and is there knowledge in the most High?
12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who aprosper in the bworld; they increase in riches.
13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and awashed 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 asanctuary of God; then understood I their bend.
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 aawakest, thou shalt bdespise their image.
21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was apricked in my reins.
22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a abeast before thee.
23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.
24 Thou shalt aguide me with thy bcounsel, and afterward receive me to cglory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
26 My aflesh and my heart bfaileth: but God is the cstrength of my heart, and my dportion 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.