God is indeed good to Israel :
to those whose hearts are pure.
Nevertheless, my feet were almost gone :
my steps had well-nigh slipped.
For I was filled with envy at the boastful :
when I saw the ungodly had such tranquillity.
For they suffer no pain :
and their bodies are hale and fat.
They come to no misfortune like other folk :
nor are they plagued like other men.
Therefore they put on pride as a necklace :
and clothe themselves in violence as in a garment.
Their eyes shine from folds of fatness :
and they have all that heart could wish.
Their talk is malice and mockery :
and they hand down slanders from on high.
Their mouths blaspheme against heaven :
and their tongues go to and fro on earth.
Therefore my people turn to them :
and find in them no fault.
They say How can God know :
is there understanding in the Most High?
Behold, these are the ungodly :
yet they prosper and increase in riches.
Was it for nothing then that I cleansed my heart :
and washed my hands in innocence?
Have I been stricken all day long in vain :
and rebuked every morning?
If I had said I will speak thus :
I should have betrayed the family of your children.
Then I thought to understand this :
but it was too hard for me,
Till I went into the sanctuary of God :
and then I understood what their end will be.
For you set them in slippery places :
and cause them to fall from their treacherous footholds.
How suddenly they are laid waste :
they come to an end, they perish in terror.
As with a dream when one awakes :
so when you rouse yourself, O Lord,
When my heart was soured :
and I was wounded to the core,
I was but brutish and ignorant :
no better than a beast before you.
Nevertheless, I am always with you :
for you hold me by my right hand.
You will guide me with your counsel :
and afterwards you will lead me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you? :
and there is no one upon earth
that I desire in comparison with you.
Though my flesh and my heart fail me :
you, O God, are my portion for ever.
Behold, those who forsake you shall perish :
and all who whore after other gods you will destroy.
But it is good for me to draw near to God :
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
and I will tell of all that you have done.