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ספר שלישי

73 A Psalm of Asaph.

Surely God is good to Israel,
Even to such as are pure in heart.
2But as for me, my feet were almost gone;
My steps had well nigh slipped.
3For I was envious at the arrogant,
When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4For there are no pangs at their death,
And their body is sound.
5In the trouble of man they are not;
Neither are they plagued like men.
6Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck;
Violence covereth them as a garment.
7Their eyes stand forth from fatness;
They are gone beyond the imaginations of their heart.
8They scoff, and in wickedness utter oppression;
They speak as if there were none on high.
9They have set their mouth against the heavens,
And their tongue walketh through the earth.
10Therefore His people return hither;
And waters of fullness are drained out by them.
11And they say: 'How doth God know?
And is there knowledge in the Most High?'
12Behold, such are the wicked;
And they that are always at ease increase riches.
13Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart,
And washed my hands in innocency;
14For all the day have I been plagued,
And my chastisement came every morning.
15If I had said: 'I will speak thus',
Behold, I had been faithless to the generation of Thy children.
16And when I pondered how I might know this,
It was wearisome in mine eyes;
17Until I entered into the sanctuary of God,
And considered their end.
18Surely Thou settest them in slippery places;
Thou hurlest them down to utter ruin.
19How are they become a desolation in a moment!
They are wholly consumed by terrors.
20As a dream when one awaketh,
So, O Lord, when Thou arousest Thyself, Thou wilt despise their semblance.
21For my heart was in a ferment,
And I was pricked in my reins.
22But I was brutish, and ignorant;
I was as a beast before Thee.
23Nevertheless I am continually with Thee;
Thou holdest my right hand.
24Thou wilt guide me with Thy counsel,
And afterward receive me with glory.
25Whom have I in heaven but Thee?
And beside Thee I desire none upon earth.
26My flesh and my heart faileth;
But God is the rock of my heart and my portion for ever.
27For, lo, they that go far from Thee shall perish;
Thou dost destroy all them that go astray from Thee.