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