Psalm 73:17
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New International Version
till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.

New Living Translation
Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.

English Standard Version
until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end.

New American Standard Bible
Until I came into the sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end.

King James Bible
Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
until I entered God's sanctuary. Then I understood their destiny.

International Standard Version
until I entered the sanctuaries of God. Then I understood their destiny.

NET Bible
Then I entered the precincts of God's temple, and understood the destiny of the wicked.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Until I would enter the holy place of God and would discern their end:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Only when I came into God's holy place did I [finally] understand what would happen to them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When I come into the sanctuary of God, then I shall understand their end.

King James 2000 Bible
Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

American King James Version
Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

American Standard Version
Until I went into the sanctuary of God, And considered their latter end.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Until I go into the sanctuary of God, and understand concerning their last ends.

Darby Bible Translation
Until I went into the sanctuaries of God; [then] understood I their end.

English Revised Version
Until I went into the sanctuary of God, and considered their latter end.

Webster's Bible Translation
Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end.

World English Bible
Until I entered God's sanctuary, and considered their latter end.

Young's Literal Translation
Till I come in to the sanctuaries of God, I attend to their latter end.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

73:15-20 The psalmist having shown the progress of his temptation, shows how faith and grace prevailed. He kept up respect for God's people, and with that he restrained himself from speaking what he had thought amiss. It is a sign that we repent of the evil thoughts of the heart, if we suppress them. Nothing gives more offence to God's children, than to say it is vain to serve God; for there is nothing more contrary to their universal experience. He prayed to God to make this matter plain to him; and he understood the wretched end of wicked people; even in the height of their prosperity they were but ripening for ruin. The sanctuary must be the resort of a tempted soul. The righteous man's afflictions end in peace, therefore he is happy; the wicked man's enjoyments end in destruction, therefore he is miserable. The prosperity of the wicked is short and uncertain, slippery places. See what their prosperity is; it is but a vain show, it is only a corrupt imagination, not substance, but a mere shadow; it is as a dream, which may please us a little while we are slumbering, yet even then it disturbs our repose.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - Until I went into the sanctuary of God; literally, the sanctuaries (comp. Psalm 68:35; Psalm 84:1; Psalm 132:7). The three subdivisions of beth the tabernacle and the first temple, viz. the court, the holy place, and the holy of holies, constituted three sanctuaries. The psalmist, in his perplexity, took his doubts into the sanctuary of God, and there, "in the calmness of the sacred court" (Kay), reconsidered the hard problem. Compare Hezekiah's action with the perplexing letter of Sennacherib (2 Kings 19:14). Then understood I their end. There came to him in the sanctuary the thought that, to judge aright of the happiness or misery of any man, it is necessary to await the end (comp. Herod., 1:32; Soph., 'OEd. Tyr.,' ad fin.; Eurip., 'Andromach.,' 50:100; Aristot., ' Eth. Nic.,' 1:10).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Until I went into the sanctuary of God,.... The tabernacle or house of God, where the Word of God was read and explained, prayer was made, and sacrifices offered up, and where fellowship was had with the saints, and communion with God himself; which for one hour or moment is preferable to all the prosperity of the wicked, during their whole life. This shows that though the psalmist was beset with the temptation, yet not overcome; it did not so far prevail as to cause him to neglect public worship, and relinquish the house of God, and the ordinances of it; and it is right, under temptations, doubts, and difficulties, to attend the public ministrations, which is the way and means to have relief under temptations, to have doubts resolved, and difficulties removed: some by "the sanctuary of God" understand the Scriptures, which are holy and of God, and are profitable for instruction, and are to be consulted and entered into by a serious reading of and deep meditation on them; whereby may be known the happiness that is prepared for the saints in the other world, and the misery of the wicked, and hereby judgment may be made of the present case and condition of each: others interpret it of the world of spirits, which may be entered into by contemplation; when it may be observed that the spirits of just men upon their dissolution possess unspeakable joys and glories, and the souls of the wicked are in inconceivable torments:

then understood I their end; both of the godly and of the wicked; that the end of the righteous is peace, rest, salvation, and eternal life, and the end of the wicked is ruin, destruction, and death; see Psalm 37:35.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. went into the sanctuary—to enquire (compare Ex 25:22; Ps 5:7; 27:4).

Psalm 73:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Surely God is Good to Israel
16When I pondered to understand this, It was troublesome in my sight 17Until I came into the sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end. 18Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.…
Cross References
Psalm 27:4
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

Psalm 37:38
But all sinners will be destroyed; there will be no future for the wicked.

Psalm 77:13
Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God?

Psalm 150:1
Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.

Ezekiel 35:11
therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I will treat you in accordance with the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred of them and I will make myself known among them when I judge you.
Treasury of Scripture

Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

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Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that …

Psalm 63:2 To see your power and your glory, so as I have seen you in the sanctuary.

Psalm 77:13 Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?

Psalm 119:24,130 Your testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors…

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Psalm 37:37,38 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that …

Job 27:8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when …

Ecclesiastes 8:12,13 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, …

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their …

Luke 12:20 But God said to him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required …

Luke 16:22,23 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the …

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