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New International Version (NIV)

I. THE PSALMIST’S CONFESSION (Psalms 73:1-3)

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.)

II. THE PSALMIST’S CONFUSION (Psalms 73:12-13, 16)

12 This is what the wicked are like—always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.

13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence.

16 When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply

III. THE PORTION OF THE WICKED (Psalms 73:17-18)

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.

IV. THE PSALMIST’S CONSOLATION (Psalms 73:21-26)

21 When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, 22 I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.

23 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. 24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

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