Psalm 73:1
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New International Version
A psalm of Asaph. Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.

New Living Translation
A psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure.

English Standard Version
Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.

New American Standard Bible
A Psalm of Asaph. Surely God is good to Israel, To those who are pure in heart!

King James Bible
A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A psalm of Asaph. God is indeed good to Israel, to the pure in heart.

International Standard Version
God is indeed good to Israel, to those pure in heart.

NET Bible
A psalm by Asaph. Certainly God is good to Israel, and to those whose motives are pure!

New Heart English Bible
[A Psalm by Asaph.] Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
God is good to Israel and to those in a natural state of heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[A psalm by Asaph.] God is truly good to Israel, to those whose lives are pure.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A Psalm of Asaph. Surely God is good to Israel, Even to such as are pure in heart.

New American Standard 1977
Surely God is good to Israel,
            To those who are pure in heart!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are pure in heart.

King James 2000 Bible
Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

American King James Version
Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

American Standard Version
Surely God is good to Israel, Even to such as are pure in heart.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A psalm for Asaph. How good is God to Israel, to them that are of a right heart!

Darby Bible Translation
{A Psalm of Asaph.} Truly God is good to Israel, to such as are of a pure heart.

English Revised Version
BOOK III A Psalm of Asaph. Surely God is good to Israel, even to such as are pure in heart.

Webster's Bible Translation
A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

World English Bible
Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.

Young's Literal Translation
A Psalm of Asaph. Only -- good to Israel is God, to the clean of heart. And I -- as a little thing, My feet have been turned aside,
Study Bible
Surely God is Good to Israel
1A Psalm of Asaph. Surely God is good to Israel, To those who are pure in heart! 2But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling, My steps had almost slipped.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Psalm 24:4
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully.

Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalm 72:20
The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

Psalm 86:5
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.
Treasury of Scripture

Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

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truly. or. yet

Psalm 2:6 Yet have I set my king on my holy hill of Zion.

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God

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to such

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Romans 2:28,29 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, …

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Romans 9:6,7 Not as though the word of God has taken none effect. For they are …

of a clean heart. Heb. clean of heart

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Jeremiah 4:14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. …

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

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(1) Truly.--See Note, Psalm 62:2. This particle often, like the Latin at, introduces a rejoinder to some supposed statement.

Dryden's lines express the feeling of this opening--

"Yet sure the gods are good! I would fain think so,

If they would give me leave!

But virtue in distress, and vice in triumph,

Make atheists of mankind."

The question arises whether the second clause of the verse limits, or only repeats, the first. No doubt in theory God was understood to be good to Israel generally, but the very subject of the psalm seems to require a limitation here. The poet sees that a moral correspondence with their profession is necessary, even in the chosen people--the truth which St. Paul stated with such insistance, "For they are not all Israel which are of Israel."

Verse 1. - Truly God is good to Israel; i.e. verily, in spite of appearances to the contrary, which had for a time made the writer doubt. It is suggested that the triumph of Absalom may have been the circumstance that shook Asaph's faith. Even to such as are of a clean heart; i.e. to the pious in Israel, who are the true Israel. God is really on their side, though he may seem for a time to favour the wicked. (On the need of a pure heart, see Psalm 24:4.) Truly God is good to Israel,.... To Israel, literally understood; in choosing them to be his people above all people on earth; in bringing them into a good land; in favouring them with many external privileges, civil and religious; in giving them his word, statutes, and ordinances, as he did not to other nations: or, spiritually understood, the Israel whom God has chosen, redeemed, and called by his special grace; verily of a truth, God is good to these; there is abundant proof and evidence of it; See Gill on Psalm 34:8,

or "only" God is good to such; though he is good to all in a providential way, yet only to his chosen and redeemed ones in a way of special favour; the goodness others share is but a shadow of goodness, in comparison of what they do and shall partake of; they are blessed with blessings indeed, and are only blessed; so this particle is rendered in Psalm 62:2, or "but", or "notwithstanding" (b), God is good, &c. that is, though he suffers the wicked to prosper, and his own people much afflicted, yet he is good to them; he supports them under their afflictions, and makes all to work for their good; gives them grace here, and glory hereafter;

even to such as are of a clean heart; this character excludes the carnal Israelites, who were pure in their own eyes, but not cleansed from their filthiness, and describes the true Israel of God, and explains who are meant by them, such as are pure in heart, inwardly Jews, Israelites indeed, in whom there is no guile; this is not natural to men, their hearts are by nature unclean, nor is it in their power to make them clean: this is God's work, he only can create a clean heart, and renew a right spirit; which is done by the sanctifying influences of his grace, and by the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus, and thus purifying their heart's by faith; yet so as not to be free from all impurity of spirit, but as to have a conscience purged from the guilt of sin, and to have the heart sincere and upright towards God.

(a) Sept. "Asaph ipsi", Pagninus, Montanus; "Asapho", Gejerus; so Ainsworth. (b) "attamen", Tigurine version, Piscator, Gussetius, Michaelis. 1 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

"Truly," or, more correctly, only, "God is good to Israel." He is only good, nothing else but good to his own covenanted ones. He cannot act unjustly or unkindly to them; his goodness to them is beyond dispute, and without mixture. "Even to such as are of a clean heart." These are the true Israel, not the ceremonially clean but the really so; those who are clean in the inward parts, pure in the vital mainspring of action. To such he is, and must be, goodness itself. The writer does not doubt this, but lays it down as his firm conviction. It is well to make sure of what we do know, for this will be good anchor-hold for us when we are molested by those mysterious storms which arise from things which we do not understand. Whatever may or may not be the truth about mysterious and inscrutable things, there are certainties somewhere; experience has placed some tangible facts within our grasp; let us, then, cling to these, and they will prevent our being carried away by those hurricanes of infidelity which still come from the wilderness, and, like whirlwinds, smite the four corners of our house and threaten to overthrow it. O my God, however perplexed I may be, let me never think ill of thee. If I cannot understand thee, let me never cease to believe in thee. It must be so, it cannot be otherwise, thou art good to those whom thou hast made good; and where thou hast renewed the heart thou wilt not leave it to its enemies. PSALM 73

Ps 73:1-28. Of Asaph—(see [609]Introduction). God is good to His people. For although the prosperity of the wicked, and the afflictions of the righteous, tempted the Psalmist to misgivings of God's government, yet the sudden and fearful ruin of the ungodly, seen in the light of God's revelation, reassures his heart; and, chiding himself for his folly, he is led to confide renewedly in God, and celebrate His goodness and love.

1. The abrupt announcement of the theme indicates that it is the conclusion of a perplexing mental conflict, which is then detailed (compare Jer 12:1-4).

Truly—or, "Surely it is so."

clean heart—(Ps 18:26) describes the true Israel.73:1-14 The psalmist was strongly tempted to envy the prosperity of the wicked; a common temptation, which has tried the graces of many saints. But he lays down the great principle by which he resolved to abide. It is the goodness of God. This is a truth which cannot be shaken. Good thoughts of God will fortify against Satan's temptations. The faith even of strong believers may be sorely shaken, and ready to fail. There are storms that will try the firmest anchors. Foolish and wicked people have sometimes a great share of outward prosperity. They seem to have the least share of the troubles of this life; and they seem to have the greatest share of its comforts. They live without the fear of God, yet they prosper, and get on in the world. Wicked men often spend their lives without much sickness, and end them without great pain; while many godly persons scarcely know what health is, and die with great sufferings. Often the wicked are not frightened, either by the remembrance of their sins, or the prospect of their misery, but they die without terror. We cannot judge men's state beyond death, by what passes at their death. He looked abroad, and saw many of God's people greatly at a loss. Because the wicked are so very daring, therefore his people return hither; they know not what to say to it, and the rather, because they drink deep of the bitter cup of affliction. He spoke feelingly when he spoke of his own troubles; there is no disputing against sense, except by faith. From all this arose a strong temptation to cast off religion. But let us learn that the true course of sanctification consists in cleansing a man from all pollution both of soul and body. The heart is cleansed by the blood of Christ laid hold upon by faith; and by the begun works of the Lord's Spirit, manifested in the hearty resolution, purpose, and study of holiness, and a blameless course of life and actions, the hands are cleansed. It is not in vain to serve God and keep his ordinances.
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