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Why do the bad guys seem to get ahead?

November 30, 2012

Psalm 73

{1} Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.
{2} But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.
{3} For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
{4} They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.
{5} They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills.
{6} Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence.
{7} From their callous hearts comes iniquity ; the evil conceits of their minds know no limits.
{8} They scoff, and speak with malice; in their arrogance they threaten oppression. . . This is what the wicked are like– always carefree, they increase in wealth.
{13} Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.
{14} All day long I have been plagued; I have been punished every morning.
But, you see, David came to his senses! He continues in his psalm.
{15} If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed your children.
{16} When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me
{17} till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.
{18} Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin.
{19} How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!
{20} As a dream when one awakes, so when you arise, O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.
{21} When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,
{22} I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.

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