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Psalm 73

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

A Psalm of Asaph.

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

10 Therefore his [fn] people return to this place, And waters of abundance are drunk [fn] by them.
11 They say, "How does God know? And is there knowledge with [fn] the Most High?"
12 Behold, these are the wicked; And always at ease, they have increased in wealth.
13 Surely in vain I have kept [fn] my heart pure And washed my hands in innocence;
14 For I have been stricken all day long And chastened [fn] 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 troublesome [fn] in my sight
17 Until I came into the sanctuary [fn] of God; Then I perceived their end.
18 Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction [fn].
19 How they are destroyed [fn] 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 form [fn].

21 When my heart was embittered And I was pierced within [fn],
22 Then I was senseless and ignorant; I was like a [fn] beast before [fn] 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 to [fn] glory.

25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides [fn] You, I desire nothing on earth.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength [fn] of my heart and my portion forever.
27 For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed [fn] all those who are [fn] unfaithful to You.
28 But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord [fn]God my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.
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Sunday, October 20th, 2019
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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