1 «A Psalm of Asaph.» TrulyAs it were between hope and despair he bursts forth into this affection, being assured that God would continue his favour toward such as were godly indeed, and not hypocrites.God [is] good to Israel, [even] to such as are of a clean heart.
2 As for me, my feete were almost gone: my steps had welneere slipt.
3 For I feared at the foolish, when I sawe the prosperitie of the wicked.
4 For [there are]The wicked in this life live at pleasure and are not drawn to death like prisoners: that is, by sickness which is death's messenger.no bands in their death: but their strength [is] firm.
5 They are not in trouble as other men, neither are they plagued with other men.
6 They glory in their pride as some do in their chains, and in cruelty, as some do in apparel.Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them [as] a garment.
7 Their eyes stande out for fatnesse: they haue more then heart can wish.
8 They are licentious, and speake wickedly of their oppression: they talke presumptuously.
9 TheyThey blaspheme God, and do not fear his power and rail upon men, because they esteem themselves above all others.set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.
10 Therefore hisNot only the reprobate, but also the people of God often fall back seeing the prosperous estate of the wicked, and are overwhelmed with sorrows, thinking that God does not correctly consider the estate of the godly.people return hither: and waters of a full [cup] are wrung out to them.
11 And theyThus the flesh moves even the godly to dispute with God concerning their poor estate, and the prosperity of the wicked.say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?
12 Lo, these are the wicked, yet prosper they alway, and increase in riches.
13 Certainely I haue clensed mine heart in vaine, and washed mine hands in innocencie.
14 For dayly haue I bene punished, and chastened euery morning.
15 If I say,If I give place to this wicked thought, I offend against your providence, seeing you do all things most wisely and preserve your children in their greatest dangers.I will speak thus; behold, I should offend [against] the generation of thy children.
16 Then thought I to know this, but it was too painefull for me,
17 Until I went into theUntil I entered into your school and learned by your word and Holy Spirit that you order all things most wisely and justly.sanctuary of God; [then] understood I their end.
18 Surely thou hast set them in slipperie places, and castest them downe into desolation.
19 How are they [brought] into desolation, as in a moment! they areBy your fearful judgment.utterly consumed with terrors.
20 As a dream when [one] awaketh; [so], O Lord, whenWhen you open our eyes to consider your heavenly happiness, we contemn all their vain pomp.thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.
21 Certainely mine heart was vexed, and I was pricked in my reines:
22 So foolish [was] I, and ignorant: I was [as] aFor the more that man goes about by his own reason to seek out God's judgments, the more he declares himself a beast.beast before thee.
23 Nevertheless I [am] continuallyBy faith I was assured that your providence always watched over me to preserve me.with thee: thou hast holden [me] by my right hand.
24 Thou wilt guide me by thy counsell, and afterward receiue me to glory.
25 Whom have I inHe sought neither help nor comfort of any save God only.heaven [but thee]? and [there is] none upon earth [that] I desire beside thee.
26 My flesh and my heart faileth: [but] God [is] the strength of my heart, and myHe teaches us to deny ourselves, to have God our whole sufficiency, and only contentment.portion for ever.
27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them thatThat is, forsake you to seek others.go a whoring from thee.
28 But [it is] good for meThough all the world shrinks from God, yet he promises to trust in him and to magnify his works.to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.