1 Yet God is good to Israel: even to the pure

in heart.

2 As for me, my feet were almost gone: my

steps had well near slipped.

3 For I fretted at the foolish, when I saw the

prosperity of the wicked.

4 For there are no bands in their death, but

they are lusty and strong.

5 They are not in trouble as other men, neither

are they plagued with other men.

6 Therefore pride is as a chain unto them, and

cruelty covereth them as a garment.

7 Their eyes stand out for fatness: they have

more than heart can wish.

8 They are licentious, and speak wickedly of their

oppression: they talk presumptuously.

9 They set their mouth against heaven, and their

tongue walketh through the earth.

10 Therefore his people turn hither: for waters

of a full cup are wrung out to them.

11 And they say, How doth God know it? or is

there knowledge in the most High?

12 Lo these are the wicked, yet prosper they always,

and increase in riches.

13 Certainly I have cleansed mine heart in vain,

and washed mine hands in innocency.

14 For daily have I been punished, and chastened

every morning.

15 If I say, I will judge thus, behold the generation

of thy children, I have trespassed.

16 Then thought I to know this, but it was too

painful for me,

17 Until I went into the Sanctuary of God: then

understood I their end.

18 Surely thou hast set them in slippery places,

and castest them down into desolation.

19 How suddenly are they destroyed, perished

and horribly consumed,

20 As a dream when one awaketh! O Lord, when

thou raisest us up, thou shalt make their image

despised.

21 Certainly mine heart was vexed, and I was

pricked in my reins.

22 So foolish was I and ignorant: I was a beast

before thee.

23 Yet I was always with thee: thou hast holden

me by my right hand.

24 Thou wilt guide me by thy counsel, and afterward

receive me to glory.

25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and I have

desired none in the earth with thee.

26 My flesh faileth and mine heart also: but God is

the strength of mine heart, and my portion forever.

27 For lo, that they withdraw themselves from

thee, shall perish: thou destroyest all them that go

a whoring from thee.

28 As for me, it is good for me to draw near to

God: therefore I have put my trust in the Lord God,

that I may declare all thy works.

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