| The Book of Psalms.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
|The End of the Wicked Contrasted with That of the Righteous|
|A Psalm of Asaph.|
| ||SURELY 1 God is good to Israel,|
Even to such as are pure in heart.
| ||But as for me, my feet were almost gone;|
My steps had well nigh slipped.
| ||For I was envious at the arrogant, 2|
When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
| ||For there are no pangs in their death;|
But their strength is firm.
| ||They are not in 3 trouble as other men;|
Neither are they plagued like other men.
| ||Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck;|
Violence covereth them as a garment.
| ||Their eyes stand out with fatness:|
They 4 have more than heart could wish.
| ||They scoff, and in wickedness utter oppression:|
They speak loftily. 5
| ||They have set their mouth in 6 the heavens,|
And their tongue walketh through the earth.
| ||Therefore his 7 people return hither:|
And waters of a full cup are drained by them.
| ||And they say, How doth God know?|
And is there knowledge in the Most High?
| ||Behold, these are the wicked;|
And, being alway at ease, they increase in riches.
| ||Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart,|
And washed my hands in innocency;
| ||For all the day long have I been plagued,|
And chastened 8 every morning.
| ||If I had said, I will speak thus;|
Behold, I had dealt treacherously with the generation of thy children.
| ||When I thought how I might know this,|
It was too 9 painful for me;
| ||Until I went into the sanctuary of God,|
And considered their latter end.
| ||Surely thou settest them in slippery places:|
Thou castest them down to destruction. 10
| ||How are they become a desolation in a moment!|
They are utterly consumed with terrors.
| ||As a dream when one awaketh,|
So, O Lord, when 11 thou awakest, thou wilt despise their image.
| ||For my soul was 12 grieved,|
And I was pricked in my heart: 13
| ||So brutish was 14 I, and ignorant;|
I was as a beast before 15 thee.
| ||Nevertheless I am continually with thee:|
Thou hast holden my right hand.
| ||Thou wilt guide me with thy counsel,|
And afterward receive me to 16 glory.
| ||Whom have I in heaven but thee?|
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides 17 thee.
| ||My flesh and my heart faileth;|
But God is the strength 18 of my heart and my portion for ever.
| ||For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish:|
Thou hast destroyed all them that play the harlot, departing from thee.
| ||But it is good for me to draw near unto God:|
I have made the Lord Jehovah my refuge,
That I may tell of all thy works.
|Note 1. Or, Only good is God. [back]|
|Note 2. Or, fools. [back]|
|Note 3. Heb. in the trouble of men. [back]|
|Note 4. Or, The imaginations of their heart overflow. [back]|
|Note 5. Or, from on high. [back]|
|Note 6. Or, against. [back]|
|Note 7. Another reading is, he will bring back his people. [back]|
|Note 8. Heb. my chastisement was. [back]|
|Note 9. Heb. labor in mine eyes. [back]|
|Note 10. Heb. ruins. [back]|
|Note 11. Or, in the city. [back]|
|Note 12. Heb. was in a ferment. [back]|
|Note 13. Heb. reins. [back]|
|Note 14. Or, am. [back]|
|Note 15. Heb. with thee. [back]|
|Note 16. Or, with. [back]|
|Note 17. Or, with thee. [back]|
|Note 18. Heb. rock. [back]|