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Psalm 73


[Recommended tunes: v 1-22 St Thomas, Kilmarnock; v 23-28 Wetherby, 
Wiltshire, Tiverton]


A Psalm of Asaph.


1Yet God is good to Israel,

to each pure-hearted one.

2But as for me, my steps near slipp'd,

my feet were almost gone.

3For I envious was, and grudg'd

the foolish folk to see,

When I perceiv'd the wicked sort

enjoy prosperity.


4For still their strength continueth firm;

their death of bands is free.

5They are not toil'd like other men,

nor plagu'd, as others be.

6Therefore their pride, like to a chain,

them compasseth about;

And, as a garment, violence

doth cover them throughout.


7Their eyes stand out with fat; they have

more than their hearts could wish.

8They are corrupt; their talk of wrong

both lewd and lofty is.

9They set their mouth against the heav'ns

in their blasphemous talk;

And their reproaching tongue throughout

the earth at large doth walk.


10His people oftentimes for this

look back, and turn about;

Sith waters of so full a cup

to these are poured out.

11And thus they say, How can it be

that God these things doth know?

Or, Can there in the Highest be

knowledge of things below?


12Behold, these are the wicked ones,

yet prosper at their will

In worldly things; they do increase

in wealth and riches still.

13I verily have done in vain

my heart to purify;

To no effect in innocence

washed my hands have I.


14For daily, and all day throughout,

great plagues I suffer'd have;

Yea, ev'ry morning I of new

did chastisement receive.

15If in this manner foolishly

to speak I would intend,

Thy children's generation,

behold, I should offend.


16When I this thought to know, it was

too hard a thing for me;

17Till to God's sanctuary I went,

then I their end did see.

18Assuredly thou didst them set

a slipp'ry place upon;

Them suddenly thou castedst down

into destruction.


19How in a moment suddenly

to ruin brought are they!

With fearful terrors utterly

they are consum'd away.

20Ev'n like unto a dream, when one

from sleeping doth arise;

So thou, O Lord, when thou awak'st,

their image shalt despise.


21Thus grieved was my heart in me,

and me my reins opprest:

22So rude was I, and ignorant,

and in thy sight a beast.

23Nevertheless continually,

O Lord, I am with thee:

Thou dost me hold by my right hand,

and still upholdest me.


24Thou, with thy counsel, while I live,

wilt me conduct and guide;

And to thy glory afterward

receive me to abide.

25Whom have I in the heavens high

but thee, O Lord, alone?

And in the earth whom I desire

besides thee there is none.


26My flesh and heart doth faint and fail,

but God doth fail me never:

For of my heart God is the strength

and portion for ever.

27For, lo, they that are far from thee

for ever perish shall;

Them that a whoring from thee go

thou hast destroyed all.


28But surely it is good for me

that I draw near to God:

In God I trust, that all thy works

I may declare abroad.


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