A psalm of Asaph. Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.
<<A Psalm of Asaph.>> Surely God is good to Israel, To those who are pure in heart!
<<A psalm of Asaph.>> Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure.
No doubt about it! God is good--good to good people, good to the good-hearted.
Truly, God is good to Israel, even to such as are clean in heart.
Truly God is good to the upright, to those who are pure in heart.
<<A Psalm of Asaph.>> Truly God is good to Israel, To such as are pure in heart.
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1 sn Psalm 73. In this wisdom psalm the psalmist offers a personal testimony of his struggle with the age-old problem of the prosperity of the wicked. As he observed evil men prosper, he wondered if a godly lifestyle really pays off. In the midst of his discouragement, he reflected upon spiritual truths and realities. He was reminded that the prosperity of the wicked is only temporary. God will eventually vindicate his people.
2 tn Since the psalm appears to focus on an individual’s concerns, not the situation of Israel, this introduction may be a later addition designed to apply the psalm’s message to the entire community. To provide a better parallel with the next line, some emend the Hebrew phrase לְיִשְׂרָאֵל אֱלֹהִים (lÿyisra’el ’elohim, “to Israel, God”) to אֱלֹהִים [or אֵל] לָיָּשָׁר (’elohim [or ’el] lÿyyashar, “God [is good] to the upright one”).
3 tn Heb “to the pure of heart.”