Quam bonus Isræl!
1 Truly, God is loving to Israel,*
even to those who have a clean heart.
2 Nevertheless, my feet had almost stumbled;*
my steps had nearly slipped.
3 For I was envious of the proud*
when I saw the ungodly in such prosperity.
4 For they are in no fear of death,*
but their bodies are healthy and strong.
5 They come to no misfortune like other folk,*
neither are they afflicted like others.
6 Therefore they wear pride as a necklace,*
and they wrap themselves with violence as with a garment.
7 Their eyes swell with greed,*
and their hearts overflow with wicked thoughts.
8 Their talk is malice and mockery;*
they have proud looks, and tyrannous words are on their lips.
9 For they set their mouth against the heavens,*
and their evil speech spreads through the world.
10 Therefore the people turn to them,*
and find no fault in them.
11 They say, "How should God perceive it?*
Is there knowledge in the Most High?"
12 Behold, these are the ungodly;*
they prosper in their ways, and they have riches in possession.
13 I said, "Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart*
and washed my hands in innocence."
14 All the day long have I been afflicted,*
and chastened every morning.
15 Indeed, had I spoken as they do,*
then would I have betrayed the generation of your children.
16 When I sought to understand this,*
it was too hard for me,
17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God;*
then I understood their end.
18 Surely, you set them in slippery places,*
and cast them down, and destroy them.
19 Oh, how suddenly are they consumed;*
they perish and come to a fearful end.
20 Indeed, like a dream when one awakens,*
so shall you make their image vanish out of the city.
21 Thus my heart was grieved,*
and I was wounded within;
22 So foolish was I, and ignorant,*
as if I were a beast before you.
23 Nevertheless, I am always with you,*
for you hold me by my right hand.
24 You shall guide me with your counsel,*
and after that receive me with glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?*
And there is no one on earth whom I desire in comparison with you.
26 Though my flesh and my heart fail me,*
God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
27 For behold, those who forsake you shall perish;*
you destroy all those who are unfaithful to you.
28 But it is good for me to hold fast to God, to put my trust in the Lord God,*
and to speak of all your works in the gates of the city of Zion.
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