|12||So then, these are the wicked; * |
always at ease, they increase their wealth.
|13||In vain have I kept my heart clean, * |
and washed my hands in innocence.
|14||I have been afflicted all day long, * |
and punished every morning.
|15||Had I gone on speaking this way, * |
I should have betrayed the generation of your children.
|16||When I tried to understand these things, * |
it was too hard for me;
|17||Until I entered the sanctuary of God * |
and discerned the end of the wicked.
|18||Surely, you set them in slippery places; * |
you cast them down in ruin.
|19||Oh, how suddenly do they come to destruction, * |
come to an end, and perish from terror!
|20||Like a dream when one awakens, O Lord, * |
when you arise you will make their image vanish.
|21||When my mind became embittered, * |
I was sorely wounded in my heart.
|22||I was stupid and had no understanding; * |
I was like a brute beast in your presence.
|23||Yet I am always with you; * |
you hold me by my right hand.
|24||You will guide me by your counsel, * |
and afterwards receive me with glory.
|25||Whom have I in heaven but you? * |
and having you I desire nothing upon earth.
|26||Though my flesh and my heart should waste away, * |
God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.
|27||Truly, those who forsake you will perish; * |
you destroy all who are unfaithful.
|28||But it is good for me to be near God; * |
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge.
|29||I will speak of all your works * |
in the gates of the city of Zion.