731God is indeed good to Israel,
to those who have pure hearts.
2But I had nearly lost confidence;
my faith was almost gone
3because I was jealous of the proud
when I saw that things go well for the wicked.
4They do not suffer pain;
they are strong and healthy.
5They do not suffer as other people do;
they do not have the troubles that others have.
6And so they wear pride like a necklace
and violence like a robe;
7their hearts pour out evil,73.7 Some ancient translations their hearts pour out evil; Hebrew unclear.
and their minds are busy with wicked schemes.
8They laugh at other people and speak of evil things;
they are proud and make plans to oppress others.
9They speak evil of God in heaven
and give arrogant orders to everyone on earth,
10so that even God's people turn to them
and eagerly believe whatever they say.73.10 Verse 10 in Hebrew is unclear.
11They say, “God will not know;
the Most High will not find out.”
12That is what the wicked are like.
They have plenty and are always getting more.
13Is it for nothing, then, that I have kept myself pure
and have not committed sin?
14O God, you have made me suffer all day long;
every morning you have punished me.
15If I had said such things,
I would not be acting as one of your people.
16I tried to think this problem through,
but it was too difficult for me
17until I went into your Temple.
Then I understood what will happen to the wicked.
18You will put them in slippery places
and make them fall to destruction!
19They are instantly destroyed;
they go down to a horrible end.
20They are like a dream that goes away in the morning;
when you rouse yourself, O Lord, they disappear.
21When my thoughts were bitter
and my feelings were hurt,
22I was as stupid as an animal;
I did not understand you.
23Yet I always stay close to you,
and you hold me by the hand.
24You guide me with your instruction
and at the end you will receive me with honour.
25What else have I in heaven but you?
Since I have you, what else could I want on earth?
26My mind and my body may grow weak,
but God is my strength;
he is all I ever need.
27Those who abandon you will certainly perish;
you will destroy those who are unfaithful to you.
28But as for me, how wonderful to be near God,
to find protection with the Sovereign LORD
and to proclaim all that he has done!
741Why have you abandoned us like this, O God?
Will you be angry with your own people for ever?
2Remember your people, whom you chose for yourself long ago,
whom you brought out of slavery to be your own tribe.
Remember Mount Zion, where once you lived.
3Walk over these total ruins;
our enemies have destroyed everything in the Temple.
4Your enemies have shouted in triumph in your Temple;
they have placed their flags there as signs of victory.
5They looked like woodmen
cutting down trees with their axes.74.5 Verse 5 in Hebrew is unclear.
6They smashed all the wooden panels
with their axes and sledgehammers.
7They wrecked your Temple and set it on fire;
they desecrated the place where you are worshipped.
8They wanted to crush us completely;
they burnt down every holy place in the land.
9All our sacred symbols are gone;
there are no prophets left,
and no one knows how long this will last.
10How long, O God, will our enemies laugh at you?
Will they insult your name for ever?
11Why have you refused to help us?
Why do you keep your hands behind you?74.11 Probable text Why do you keep your hands behind you; Hebrew unclear.
12But you have been our king from the beginning, O God;
you have saved us many times.
With your mighty strength you divided the sea
and smashed the heads of the sea monsters;
you crushed the heads of the monster Leviathan74.14 Leviathan: A legendary monster which was a symbol of the forces of chaos and evil.
and fed his body to desert animals.74.14 animals; or people.
15You made springs and fountains flow;
you dried up large rivers.
16You created the day and the night;
you set the sun and the moon in their places;
17you set the limits of the earth;
you made summer and winter.
18But remember, O LORD, that your enemies laugh at you,
that they are godless and despise you.
19Don't abandon your helpless people to their cruel enemies;
don't forget your persecuted people!
20Remember the covenant you made with us.
There is violence in every dark corner of the land.
21Don't let the oppressed be put to shame;
let those poor and needy people praise you.
22Rouse yourself, God, and defend your cause!
Remember that godless people laugh at you all day long.
23Don't forget the angry shouts of your enemies,
the continuous noise made by your foes.
751We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks to you!
We proclaim how great you are
and tell of75.1 Some ancient translations We proclaim how great you are and tell of; Hebrew Your name is near and they tell of. the wonderful things you have done.
2“I have set a time for judgement,” says God,
“and I will judge with fairness.
3Though every living creature tremble
and the earth itself be shaken,
I will keep its foundations firm.
4I tell the wicked not to be arrogant;
5I tell them to stop their boasting.”
6Judgement does not come from the east or from the west,
from the north or from the south;75.6 Probable text from the north or from the south; Hebrew from the wilderness of the mountains.
7it is God who is the judge,
condemning some and acquitting others.
8The LORD holds a cup in his hand,
filled with the strong wine of his anger.
He pours it out, and all the wicked drink it;
they drink it down to the last drop.
9But I will never stop speaking of the God of Jacob
or singing praises to him.
10He will break the power of the wicked,
but the power of the righteous will be increased.