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Geneva, 1551


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Psalm 73


1. How truly God his goodness shows,
bestowing favour on all those
who are in Israel pure-hearted
and have not from his ways departed.
But as for me, I slipped almost,
for when the arrogant would boast
of earthly wealth and luxury
I envied their prosperity.

2. No suffering lies in store for them;
they all are sleek and sound of limb.
They do not share our pain and anguish;
no troubles ever make them languish.
Pride is their necklace, and they dare
make violence the robe they wear.
Their hearts with follies overflow,
and in their minds illusions grow.

3. They speak with scorn and haughtiness;
they scoff, and threaten to oppress.
Their mouth lays claim to heaven’s regions;
their tongue demands the earth’s allegiance.
So people turn to praise these men,
and they can find no fault with them.
“God does not see it,” they declare.
“The Most High does not know or care.”

4. Such are the wicked – they’re secure;
their wealth increases evermore.
Surely in vain I’ve been pure-hearted
and have not from God’s laws departed,
and I in vain have washed my hands
in purity and innocence.
For all day long I suffer here,
and with new grief each dawn draws near.

5. If I had spoken this way too,
I surely would have been untrue
to all the present generation,
the children of your holy nation.
I tried to probe the mystery
but found it was too much for me
till, entering God’s holy place,
I saw the destiny they face.

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