1Truly, God is good to Israel, *to those who are pure in heart.
2But as for me, my feet had nearly slipped; *I had almost tripped and fallen;
3Because I envied the proud *and saw the prosperity of the wicked:
4For they suffer no pain, *and their bodies are sleek and sound;
5In the misfortunes of others they have no share; *they are not afflicted as others are;
6Therefore they wear their pride like a necklace *and wrap their violence about them like a cloak.
7Their iniquity comes from gross minds, *and their hearts overflow with wicked thoughts.
8They scoff and speak maliciously; *out of their haughtiness they plan oppression.
9They set their mouths against the heavens, *and their evil speech runs through the world.
10And so the people turn to them *and find in them no fault.
11They say, “How should God know? *is there knowledge in the Most High?”
12So then, these are the wicked; *always at ease, they increase their wealth.
13In vain have I kept my heart clean, *and washed my hands in innocence.
14I have been afflicted all day long, *and punished every morning.
15Had I gone on speaking this way, *I should have betrayed the generation of your children.
16When I tried to understand these things, *it was too hard for me;
17Until I entered the sanctuary of God *and discerned the end of the wicked.
18Surely, you set them in slippery places; *you cast them down in ruin.
19Oh, how suddenly do they come to destruction, *come to an end, and perish from terror!
20Like a dream when one awakens, O Lord, *when you arise you will make their image vanish.
21When my mind became embittered, *I was sorely wounded in my heart.
22I was stupid and had no understanding; *I was like a brute beast in your presence.
23Yet I am always with you; *you hold me by my right hand.
24You will guide me by your counsel, *and afterwards receive me with glory.
25Whom have I in heaven but you? *and having you I desire nothing upon earth.
26Though my flesh and my heart should waste away, *God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.
27Truly, those who forsake you will perish; *you destroy all who are unfaithful.
28But it is good for me to be near God; *I have made the Lord God my refuge.