1 «A Psalm of Asaph.» Truly God [is] good to Israel, [even] to such as are of a clean heart.
2 As for me, my feete were almost gone: my steps had welneere slipt.
3 For I feared at the foolish, when I sawe the prosperitie of the wicked.
4 For [there are] no bands in their death: but their strength [is] firm.
5 They are not in trouble as other men, neither are they plagued with other men.
6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them [as] a garment.
7 Their eyes stande out for fatnesse: they haue more then heart can wish.
8 They are licentious, and speake wickedly of their oppression: they talke presumptuously.
9 They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.
10 Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full [cup] are wrung out to them.
11 And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?
12 Lo, these are the wicked, yet prosper they alway, and increase in riches.
13 Certainely I haue clensed mine heart in vaine, and washed mine hands in innocencie.
14 For dayly haue I bene punished, and chastened euery morning.
15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend [against] the generation of thy children.
16 Then thought I to know this, but it was too painefull for me,
17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; [then] understood I their end.
18 Surely thou hast set them in slipperie places, and castest them downe into desolation.
19 How are they [brought] into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.
20 As a dream when [one] awaketh; [so], O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.
21 Certainely mine heart was vexed, and I was pricked in my reines:
22 So foolish [was] I, and ignorant: I was [as] a beast before thee.
23 Nevertheless I [am] continually with thee: thou hast holden [me] by my right hand.
24 Thou wilt guide me by thy counsell, and afterward receiue me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven [but thee]? and [there is] none upon earth [that] I desire beside thee.
26 My flesh and my heart faileth: [but] God [is] the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
28 But [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.