God Is My Strength and Portion Forever
A Psalm of(A) Asaph.
1Truly God is good to(B) Israel,
to those who are(C) pure in heart.
2But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
my steps had nearly slipped.
3(D) For I was(E) envious of the arrogant
when I saw the(F) prosperity of the wicked. 4For they have no pangs until death;
their bodies are fat and sleek.
5They are not in trouble as others are;
they are not(G) stricken like the rest of mankind.
6Therefore pride is(H) their necklace;
violence covers them as(I) a garment.
7Their(J) eyes swell out through fatness;
their hearts overflow with follies.
8They scoff and(K) speak with malice;
loftily they threaten oppression.
9They set their mouths against the heavens,
and their tongue struts through the earth.
10Therefore his people turn back to them,
and find(L) no fault in them.[a]
11And they say,(M) “How can God know?
Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
12Behold, these are the wicked;
always at ease, they(N) increase in riches.
13All in vain have I(O) kept my heart clean
and(P) washed my hands in innocence.
14For all the day long I have been(Q) stricken
and(R) rebuked(S) every morning.
15If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
I would have betrayed(T) the generation of your children.
18Truly you set them in(X) slippery places;
you make them fall to ruin.
19How they are destroyed(Y) in a moment,
swept away utterly by(Z) terrors!
20Like(AA) a dream when one awakes,
O Lord, when(AB) you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.
21When my soul was embittered,
when I was pricked in heart,
22I was(AC) brutish and ignorant;
I was like(AD) a beast toward you.
23Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you(AE) hold my right hand.
24You(AF) guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will(AG) receive me to glory.
25(AH) Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26(AI) My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is(AJ) the strength[b] of my heart and my(AK) portion(AL) forever.
27For behold, those who are(AM) far from you shall perish;
you put an end to everyone who is(AN) unfaithful to you.
28But for me it is good to(AO) be near God;
I have made the Lord GOD my(AP) refuge,
that I may(AQ) tell of all your works.