Quam bonus Israel!
Truly God is loving unto Israel *
even unto such as are of a clean heart.
Nevertheless, my feet were almost gone *
my treadings had well-nigh slipt.
And why? I was grieved at the wicked *
I do also see the ungodly in such prosperity.
For they are in no peril of death *
but are lusty and strong.
They come in no misfortune like other folk *
neither are they plagued like other men.
And this is the cause that they are so holden with pride *
and overwhelmed with cruelty.
Their eyes swell with fatness *
and they do even what they lust.
They corrupt other, and speak of wicked blasphemy *
their talking is against the most High.
For they stretch forth their mouth unto the heaven *
and their tongue goeth through the world.
Therefore fall the people unto them *
and thereout suck they no small advantage.
Tush, say they, how should God perceive it *
is there knowledge in the most High?
Lo, these are the ungodly, these prosper in the world, and these have riches in possession *
and I said, Then have I cleansed my heart in vain, and washed mine hands in innocency.
All the day long have I been punished *
and chastened every morning.
Yea, and I had almost said even as they *
but lo, then I should have condemned the generation of thy children.
Then thought I to understand this *
but it was too hard for me,
Until I went into the sanctuary of God *
then understood I the end of these men;
Namely, how thou dost set them in slippery places *
and castest them down, and destroyest them.
O how suddenly do they consume *
perish, and come to a fearful end!
Yea, even like as a dream when one awaketh *
so shalt thou make their image to vanish out of the city.
Thus my heart was grieved *
and it went even through my reins.
So foolish was I, and ignorant *
even as it were a beast before thee.
Nevertheless, I am alway by thee *
for thou hast holden me by my right hand.
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel *
and after that receive me with glory.
Whom have I in heaven but thee *
and there is none upon earth that I desire in comparison of thee.
My flesh and my heart faileth *
but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
For lo, they that forsake thee shall perish *
thou hast destroyed all them that commit fornication against thee.
But it is good for me to hold me fast by God, to put my trust in the Lord God *
and to speak of all thy works in the gates of the daughter of Sion.