Book of Psalms (Author Moses, David, Solomon, Asaph, Eman, Ethan, sons of Core, compiled by Esdras)

73:1¤ How good is God to Israel, to them that are of a right heart!

73:2But my feet were almost moved; my steps had well nigh slipped.

73:3Because I had a zeal on occasion of the wicked, seeing the prosperity of sinners.

73:4For there is no regard to their death, nor is there strength in their stripes.

73:5They are not in the labour of men: neither shall they be scourged like other men.

73:6Therefore pride hath held them fast: they are covered with their iniquity and their wickedness.

73:7Their iniquity hath come forth, as it were from fatness: they have passed into the affection of the heart.

73:8They have thought and spoken wickedness: they have spoken iniquity on high.

73:9They have set their mouth against heaven: and their tongue hath passed through the earth.

73:10Therefore will my people return here and full days shall be found in them.

73:11And they said: How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?

73:12Behold these are sinners; and yet, abounding in the world they have obtained riches.

73:13And I said: Then have I in vain justified my heart, and washed my hands among the innocent.

73:14And I have been scourged all the day; and my chastisement hath been in the mornings.

73:15If I said: I will speak thus; behold I should condemn the generation of thy children.

73:16I studied that I might know this thing, it is a labour in my sight:

73:17Until I go into the sanctuary of God, and understand concerning their last ends.

73:18But indeed for deceits thou hast put it to them: when they were lifted up thou hast cast them down.

73:19How are they brought to desolation? they have suddenly ceased to be: they have perished by reason of their iniquity.

73:20As the dream of them that awake, O Lord; so in thy city thou shalt bring their image to nothing.

73:21For my heart hath been inflamed, and my reins have been changed:

73:22And I am brought to nothing, and I knew not.

73:23I am become as a beast before thee: and I am always with thee.

73:24Thou hast held me by my right hand; and by thy will thou hast conducted me, and with thy glory thou hast received me.

73:25For what have I in heaven? and besides thee what do I desire upon earth?

73:26For thee my flesh and my heart hath fainted away: thou art the God of my heart, and the God that is my portion for ever.

73:27For behold they that go far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that are disloyal to thee.

73:28But it is good for me to adhere to my God, to put my hope in the Lord God: That I may declare all thy praises, in the gates of the daughter of Sion.

74:1¤ O God, why hast thou cast us off unto the end: why is thy wrath enkindled against the sheep of thy pasture?

74:2Remember thy congregation, which thou hast possessed from the beginning. The sceptre of thy inheritance which thou hast redeemed: mount Sion in which thou hast dwelt.

74:3Lift up thy hands against their pride unto the end; see what things the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.

74:4And they that hate thee have made their boasts, in the midst of thy solemnity. They have set up their ensigns for signs,

74:5And they knew not both in the going out and on the highest top. As with axes in a wood of trees,

74:6They have cut down at once the gates thereof, with axe and hatchet they have brought it down.

74:7They have set fire to thy sanctuary: they have defiled the dwelling place of thy name on the earth.

74:8They said in their heart, the whole kindred of them together: Let us abolish all the festival days of God from the land.

74:9Our signs we have not seen, there is now no prophet: and he will know us no more.

74:10How long, O God, shall the enemy reproach: is the adversary to provoke thy name for ever?

74:11Why dost thou turn away thy hand: and thy right hand out of the midst of thy bosom for ever?

74:12But God is our king before ages: he hath wrought salvation in the midst of the earth.

74:13Thou by thy strength didst make the sea firm: thou didst crush the heads of the dragons in the waters.

74:14Thou hast broken the heads of the dragon: thou hast given him to be meat for the people of the Ethiopians.

74:15Thou hast broken up the fountains and the torrents: thou hast dried up the Ethan rivers.

74:16Thine is the day, and thine is the night: thou hast made the morning light and the sun.

74:17Thou hast made all the borders of the earth: the summer and the spring were formed by thee.

74:18Remember this, the enemy hath reproached the Lord: and a foolish people hath provoked thy name.

74:19Deliver not up to beasts the souls that confess to thee: and forget not to the end the souls of thy poor.

74:20Have regard to thy covenant: for they that are the obscure of the earth have been filled with dwellings of iniquity.

74:21Let not the humble be turned away with confusion: the poor and needy shall praise thy name.

74:22Arise, O God, judge thy own cause: remember thy reproaches with which the foolish man hath reproached thee all the day.

74:23Forget not the voices of thy enemies: the pride of them that hate thee ascendeth continually.

75:1¤ We will praise thee, O God: we will praise, and we will call upon thy name. We will relate thy wondrous works:

75:2When I shall take a time, I will judge justices.

75:3The earth is melted, and all that dwell therein: I have established the pillars thereof.

75:4I said to the wicked: Do not act wickedly: and to the sinners: Lift not up the horn.

75:5Lift not up your horn on high: speak not iniquity against God.

75:6For neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the desert hills:

75:7For God is the judge. One he putteth down, and another he lifteth up:

75:8For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup of strong wine full of mixture. And he hath poured it out from this to that: but the dregs thereof are not emptied: all the sinners of the earth shall drink.

75:9But I will declare for ever: I will sing to the God of Jacob.

75:10And I will break all the horns of sinners: but the horns of the just shall be exalted.

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