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.