Truly, God is good to Israel, even to such
as are clean in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost gone
from under me; I was near to slipping;
Because of my envy of the men of pride,
when I saw the well-being of the wrongdoers.
For they have no pain; their bodies are
fat and strong.
They are not in trouble as others are;
they have no part in the unhappy fate of men.
For this reason pride is round them like a
chain; they are clothed with violent behaviour as with a
Their eyes are bursting with fat; they have more than their
Their thoughts are deep with evil designs;
their talk from their seats of power is of cruel acts.
Their mouth goes up to heaven; their
tongues go walking through the earth.
For this reason they are full of bread;
and water is ever flowing for them.
And they say, How will the Lord see this?
is there knowledge in the Most High?
Truly, such are the sinners; they do well
at all times, and their wealth is increased.
As for me, I have made my heart clean to
no purpose, washing my hands in righteousness;
For I have been troubled all the day;
every morning have I undergone punishment.
If I would make clear what it is like, I
would say, You are false to the generation of your children.
When my thoughts were turned to see the
reason of this, it was a weariness in my eyes;
Till I went into God's holy place, and
saw the end of the evil-doers.
You put their feet where there was danger
of slipping, so that they go down into destruction.
How suddenly are they wasted! fears are
the cause of their destruction.
As a dream when one is awake, they are
ended; they are like an image gone out of mind when sleep is
My heart was made bitter, and I was pained by the bite of
As for me, I was foolish, and without knowledge; I was like
a beast before you.
But still I am ever with you; you have
taken me by my right hand.
Your wisdom will be my guide, and later
you will put me in a place of honour.
Whom have I in heaven but you? and having
you I have no desire for anything on earth.
My flesh and my heart are wasting away:
but God is the Rock of my heart and my eternal heritage.
For those who are far away from you will
come to destruction: you will put an end to all those who
have not kept faith with you.
But it is good for me to come near to
God: I have put my faith in the Lord God, so that I may make
clear all his works.