1 Yet God is good to Israel: even to the pure
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
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
21 Certainly mine heart was vexed, and I was
pricked in my reins.
22 So foolish was I and ignorant: I was a beast
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.