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Book Three

God Is My Strength and Portion Forever

A Psalm of Asaph.

731Truly God is good to cIsrael,

  to those who are dpure in heart.

See Ps. 24:4

John 1:47

2But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,

  my steps had nearly slipped.

3eFor I was fenvious of the arrogant

  when I saw the gprosperity of the wicked.

[Ps. 37:7; 92:7; Jer. 12:1]

Ps. 37:1; Prov. 23:17

See Job 21:7

4For they have no pangs until death;

  their bodies are fat and sleek.

5They are not in trouble as others are;

  they are not hstricken like the rest of mankind.

[Isa. 53:4]

6Therefore pride is itheir necklace;

  violence covers them as ja garment.

[Ps. 109:18]

[Judg. 8:26]

7Their keyes swell out through fatness;

  their hearts overflow with follies.

See Job 15:27

8They scoff and lspeak with malice;

  loftily they threaten oppression.

[2 Pet. 2:18; Jude 16]

9They set their mouths against the heavens,

  and their tongue struts through the earth.

10Therefore his people turn back to them,

  and find mno fault in them.1

[Job 15:16]

Probable reading; Hebrew the waters of a full cup are drained by them

11And they say, n“How can God know?

  Is there knowledge in the Most High?”

See Job 22:13

12Behold, these are the wicked;

  always at ease, they oincrease in riches.

[3]

13All in vain have I pkept my heart clean

  and qwashed my hands in innocence.

See Ps. 26:6

[1]; See Job 34:9

14For all the day long I have been hstricken

  and rrebuked severy morning.

[Ps. 101:8]

Rev. 3:19

[See 5 above]

15If I had said, “I will speak thus,”

  I would have betrayed tthe generation of your children.

[Ps. 14:5]

16But when I thought how to understand this,

  it seemed to me ua wearisome task,

Eccles. 8:17

17until I went into vthe sanctuary of God;

  then I discerned their wend.

Ps. 37:38

Ps. 20:2

18Truly you set them in xslippery places;

  you make them fall to ruin.

Ps. 35:6

19How they are destroyed yin a moment,

  swept away utterly by zterrors!

See Job 18:11

[Num. 16:21]

20Like aa dream when one awakes,

  O Lord, when byou rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.

Ps. 78:65

See Job 20:8

21When my soul was embittered,

  when I was pricked in heart,

22I was cbrutish and ignorant;

  I was like da beast toward you.

Job 18:3; [Job 11:12]

See Ps. 49:10

23Nevertheless, I am continually with you;

  you ehold my right hand.

Ps. 63:8; [Ps. 41:12]

24You fguide me with your counsel,

  and afterward you will greceive me to glory.

See Ps. 49:15

Ps. 32:8

25hWhom have I in heaven but you?

  And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.

Ps. 16:2; [Phil. 3:8]

26iMy flesh and my heart may fail,

  but God is jthe strength2 of my heart and my kportion lforever.

[Dan. 12:3]

See Ps. 16:5

Ps. 18:2

Ps. 40:12; See Ps. 84:2

Hebrew rock

27For behold, those who are mfar from you shall perish;

  you put an end to everyone who is nunfaithful to you.

Ps. 106:39; Ex. 34:15; Num. 15:39; James 4:4

Ps. 119:155

28But for me it is good to obe near God;

  I have made the Lord God my prefuge,

  that I may qtell of all your works.

See Ps. 118:17

See Ps. 14:6

James 4:8; [Heb. 10:22]