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.
Yes, my steps had nearly slipped.
3 For I was envious of the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 For there are no pains in their death,
but their belly is fat.
5 The troubles of other men are not theirs,
nor are they afflicted like other people.
6 Therefore pride is their necklace.
A garment of violence covers them.
7 Their eyes bulge out from their fatness.
Their heart overflows with delusions.
8 They mock and speak evil.
They arrogantly speak oppression.
9 They have set their mouth against the heavens.
And their tongue walks through the earth.
10 Therefore God’s people turn to them here,
and they slurp up waters of abundance.
11 And they say, “How does God know?
And is there knowledge with the Most High?”
12 Behold, these are the wicked!
Being always at ease,
they increase in wealth.
13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure,
and washed my hands in innocence,
14 For all day long have I been afflicted,
and my reproof came every morning.
15 If I had said, “I will speak like they do,” behold,
I would have acted unfaithfully toward the generation of your children.
16 When I tried to understand this,
it was troubling to me;
17 until I entered God’s sanctuary;
then I perceived their end.
18 Surely you set them in slippery places.
You will cast them down in their deception.
19 How in a moment they will become a horror!
They come to an end—they perished by destructive events.
20 They are like a dream when one wakes up;
O Lord, when aroused you will despise their mere shadow.
21 When my heart was embittered
and my kidneys felt pierced,
22 then I was stupid and ignorant.
I became like a senseless animal before you.
23 Nevertheless I am continually with you.
You have taken hold of my right hand.
24 You will guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will lead me to a position of honor.
25 Whom do I have in the heavens?
And there is no one on earth whom I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart grow weak,
but God is the rock of my heart
and my portion forever.
27 For behold, those who depart from you will perish.
You have destroyed all those who act like a prostitute toward you.
28 But as for me, the nearness of God is good for me.
I have made the Lord Yahweh my refuge,
that I may recount all your works.