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They scoff, and in wickedness utter uppression:
They speak loftily.
They have set their mouth in the heavens,
And their tongue walketh through the earth.
Therefore his people are turned after them:
And waters of a full cup are drained by them.
And they say, How doth God know?
And is there knowledge in the Most High?
Behold, these are the wicked;
And, being alway at ease, they increase in riches.
Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart,
Ar.d washed my hands in innocency;
For all the day long have I been plagued,
And chastened every morning.
Behold, I had dealt treacherously with the generation of thy children.
When I thought how I might know this, it was too painful for me;
Until I went into the sanctuary of God, and considered their latter end.
Surely thou settest them in slippery places:
Thou castest them down to destruction.
How are they become a desolati in a moment !
They are utterly consumed with terrors.
As a dream when one awaketh;
So, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.
For my heart was grieved,
Nevertheless I am continually with thee:
Thou hast holden my right hand.
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel,
And afterward receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but thee?
And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth:
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.