73:1Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.
73:2But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.
73:3For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
73:4For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.
73:5They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.
73:6Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.
73:7Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.
73:8They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.
73:9They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.
73:10Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.
73:11And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?
73:12Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.
73:13Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.
73:14For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.
73:15If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
73:16When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
73:17Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
73:18Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.
73:19How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.
73:20As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.
73:21Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.
73:22So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
73:23Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.
73:24Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
73:25Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
73:26My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
73:27For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
73:28But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.
74:1O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?
74:2Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
74:3Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.
74:4Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.
74:5A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.
74:6But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers.
74:7They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.
74:8They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.
74:9We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.
74:10O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?
74:11Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom.
74:12For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
74:13Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.
74:14Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
74:15Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers.
74:16The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
74:17Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.
74:18Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.
74:19O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.
74:20Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.
74:21O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.
74:22Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.
74:23Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually.
75:1Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.
75:2When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.
75:3The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.
75:4I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:
75:5Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.
75:6For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.
75:7But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
75:8For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.
75:9But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
75:10All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.