A Psalm of Asaph.
Only -- good to Israel is God, to the clean of heart.
And I -- as a little thing, My feet have been turned aside,
As nothing, have my steps slipped, For I have been envious
of the boastful,
The peace of the wicked I see, That there are no bands at
And their might is firm.
In the misery of mortals they are not, And with common men
they are not plagued.
Therefore hath pride encircled them, Violence covereth them
as a dress.
Their eye hath come out from fat. The imaginations of the
They do corruptly, And they speak in the wickedness of
oppression, From on high they speak.
They have set in the heavens their mouth, And their tongue
walketh in the earth.
Therefore do His people return hither, And waters of fulness
are wrung out to them.
And they have said, 'How hath God known? And is there
knowledge in the Most High?'
Lo, these are the wicked and easy ones of the age,
They have increased strength.
Only -- a vain thing! I have purified my heart, And I wash
in innocency my hands,
And I am plagued all the day, And my reproof is every
If I have said, 'I recount thus,' Lo, a generation of Thy
sons I have deceived.
And I think to know this, Perverseness it is in mine
Till I come in to the sanctuaries of God, I attend to their
Only, in slippery places Thou dost set them, Thou hast
caused them to fall to desolations.
How have they become a desolation as in a moment, They have
been ended -- consumed from terrors.
As a dream from awakening, O Lord, In awaking, their image
For my heart doth show itself violent, And my reins prick
And I am brutish, and do not know. A beast I have been with
And I am continually with Thee, Thou hast laid hold
on my right hand.
With Thy counsel Thou dost lead me, And after honour dost
Whom have I in the heavens? And with Thee none I have
desired in earth.
Consumed hath been my flesh and my heart, The rock of my
heart and my portion is God to the age.
For, lo, those far from Thee do perish, Thou hast cut off
every one, Who is going a whoring from Thee.
And I -- nearness of God to me is good, I have placed
in the Lord Jehovah my refuge, To recount all Thy works!