A Psalm of Asaph.
Truly God [is] good to Israel, [even] to such as are of a clean heart.
But as for me, my feet were almost gone;1 5186 7 my steps had well nigh slipped.27
For I was envious14 at the foolish,6 [when] I saw4 the prosperity of the wicked.
For [there are] no bands in their death: but their strength [is] firm.
They [are] not in trouble [as other] men; neither are they plagued29 like [other] men.
Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain;1 violence covereth4 them [as] a garment.
Their eyes stand out1 with fatness: they have more1 than heart could wish.
They are corrupt,55 and speak17 wickedly [concerning] oppression: they speak17 loftily.
They set1 their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh4 through the earth.
Therefore his people return4 7725 55 hither: and waters of a full [cup] are wrung out11 to them.
And they say,1 How doth God know?1 and is there knowledge in the most High?
Behold, these [are] the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase52 [in] riches.
Verily I have cleansed14 my heart [in] vain, and washed4 my hands in innocency.
For all the day long have I been plagued,7 and chastened every morning.
If I say,1 I will speak17 thus; behold, I should offend1 [against] the generation of thy children.
When I thought17 to know2 this, it [was] too painful for me;
Until I went4 into the sanctuary of God; [then] understood4 I their end.
Surely thou didst set4 them in slippery places: thou castedst them down52 into destruction.
How are they [brought] into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly1 consumed1 with terrors.
As a dream when [one] awaketh;53 [so], O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise4 their image.
Thus my heart was grieved,101 and I was pricked113 in my reins.
So foolish [was] I, and ignorant: 3045 4 I was [as] a beast before thee.
Nevertheless I [am] continually with thee: thou hast holden1 [me] by my right hand.
Thou shalt guide55 me with thy counsel, and afterward receive4 me [to] glory.
Whom have I in heaven [but thee]? and [there is] none upon earth [that] I desire1 beside thee.
My flesh and my heart faileth:1 [but] God [is] the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish:4 thou hast destroyed52 all them that go a whoring6 from thee.
But [it is] good for me to draw near to God: I have put1 my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare15 all thy works.