1 Truly, God is loving to Israel, ♦︎
to those who are pure in heart.
2 Nevertheless, my feet were almost gone; ♦︎
my steps had well-nigh slipped.
3 For I was envious of the proud; ♦︎
I saw the wicked in such prosperity;
4 For they suffer no pains ♦︎
and their bodies are sleek and sound;
5 They come to no misfortune like other folk; ♦︎
nor are they plagued as others are;
6 Therefore pride is their necklace ♦︎
and violence wraps them like a cloak.
7 Their iniquity comes from within; ♦︎
the conceits of their hearts overflow.
8 They scoff, and speak only of evil; ♦︎
they talk of oppression from on high.
9 They set their mouth against the heavens, ♦︎
and their tongue ranges round the earth;
10 And so the people turn to them ♦︎
and find in them no fault.
11 They say, How should God know? ♦︎
Is there knowledge in the Most High?
12 Behold, these are the wicked; ♦︎
ever at ease, they increase their wealth.
13 Is it in vain that I cleansed my heart ♦︎
and washed my hands in innocence?
14 All day long have I been stricken ♦︎
and chastened every morning.
15 If I had said, I will speak as they do, ♦︎
I should have betrayed the generation of your children.
16 Then thought I to understand this, ♦︎
but it was too hard for me,
17 Until I entered the sanctuary of God ♦︎
and understood the end of the wicked:
18 How you set them in slippery places; ♦︎
you cast them down to destruction.
19 How suddenly do they come to destruction, ♦︎
perish and come to a fearful end!
20 As with a dream when one awakes, ♦︎
so, Lord, when you arise you will despise their image.
21 When my heart became embittered ♦︎
and I was pierced to the quick,
22 I was but foolish and ignorant; ♦︎
I was like a brute beast in your presence.
23 Yet I am always with you; ♦︎
you hold me by my right hand.
24 You will guide me with your counsel ♦︎
and afterwards receive me with glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? ♦︎
And there is nothing upon earth that 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 Truly, those who forsake you will perish; ♦︎
you will put to silence the faithless who betray you.
28 But it is good for me to draw near to God; ♦︎
in the Lord God have I made my refuge,
that I may tell of all your works.