Psalms 73

1God is truly good to Israel. God is good to people whose hearts are pure. 2I almost slipped and began to sin. 3I saw that wicked people were successful I became jealous of those proud people. 4Those people are healthy. They don’t have to struggle to survive. 5Those proud people don’t suffer like us. They don’t have troubles like other people. 6So they are very proud and hateful people. This is as easy to see as the jewels and fancy clothes they wear. 7If those people like something they see, they go and take it. They do whatever they want to do. 8They say cruel, evil things about other people. They are proud and stubborn. And they are always planning ways to take advantage of other people. 9Those proud people think they are gods! They think they are the rulers of earth. 10So even God’s people turn to them and do the things they tell them. 11Those evil people say, ”God doesn’t know what we are doing! God Most-High does not know!” 12Those proud people are wicked, but they are rich and getting richer. 13So why should I make my heart pure? Why should I make my hands clean? 14God, I suffer all day long. And you punish me every morning. 15God, I wanted to talk to other people about these things. But I knew I would be betraying your people. 16I tried hard to understand these things. But it was all too hard for me 17until I went to your temple. I went to God’s temple, and then I understood. 18God, you really have put those people in a dangerous situation. It is so easy for them to fall and be destroyed. 19Trouble can come suddenly, and then those proud people are ruined. Terrible things can happen to them, and then they are finished. 20Lord, those people will be like a dream that we forget when we wake up. You will make those people disappear like the monsters in our dreams. 21- 22I was very stupid. I thought about rich and wicked people, and I became upset. God, I was upset and angry at you! I acted like a stupid, ignorant animal. 23˻I have everything I need!˼ I am with you always. God, you hold my hand. 24God, you lead me and give me good advice. And later you will lead me to glory. 25God, I have you in heaven. And when I am with you, what on earth can I want? 26Maybe my mind and body will be destroyed, but I have the Rock I love. I have God forever! 27God, people who leave you will be lost. You will destroy the people who are not faithful to you. 28As for me, I have come to God. And that is good for me. I have made the Lord my Master my place of safety. God, I have come to tell about all the things you have done.

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