Tehillim / Psalms 73, Part 1, Suffering for the Sake of God


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In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 73:1-28, the psalm opens saying, א   מִזְמוֹר לְאָסָף אַךְ טוֹב לְיִשְֹרָאֵל אֱלֹהִים לְבָרֵי לֵבָב: A psalm of Asaph. 73:1 Surely God is good to Israel, To those who are pure in heart! (NASB)  Who is Asaph?  He continues saying, ב   וַאֲנִי כִּמְעַט נָטָוֻי [נָטָיוּ] רַגְלָי כְּאַיִן שֻׁפְּכֻה [שֻׁפְּכֻו] אֲשֻׁרָי: ג   כִּי-קִנֵּאתִי בַּהוֹלְלִים שְׁלוֹם רְשָׁעִים אֶרְאֶה: ד   כִּי אֵין חַרְצֻבּוֹת לְמוֹתָם וּבָרִיא אוּלָם: ה   בַּעֲמַל אֱנוֹשׁ אֵינֵמוֹ וְעִם-אָדָם לֹא יְנֻגָּעוּ: 73:2 But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling, My steps had almost slipped. 73:3 For I was envious of the arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 73:4 For there are no pains in their death, And their body is fat. 73:5 They are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like mankind. (NASB)  He continues saying that they adorn themselves with pride and violence (73:6) and that their eyes bulged with fatness (73:7).  What is the significance of eyes that bulge with fatness?  The unrighteous mock (73:8), speak against the heavens (73:9), and question whether God knows and where is knowledge of God (73:11).  Asaph speaks of the wicked who are at ease and increase in wealth (73:12), and it is as if he has kept his heart pure in vane (73:13) because of his hardship (73:14-15).Read more here: Tehillim 73-Part1