Psalm 73:1
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.

Berean Study Bible
A Psalm of Asaph. Surely 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.

Christian Standard Bible
God is indeed good to Israel, to the pure in heart.

Contemporary English Version
God is truly good to Israel, especially to everyone with a pure heart.

Good News Translation
God is indeed good to Israel, to those who have pure hearts.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A Psalm for Asaph. How good is God to Israel, to the upright 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
Endow the King with Your Justice
20This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse. 1A Psalm of Asaph. Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. 2But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly 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 does not lift up his soul to falsehood, who does not swear deceitfully.

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

Psalm 72:20
This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.

Psalm 86:5
For You, O Lord, are kind and forgiving, rich in loving devotion to all who call on You.

Treasury of Scripture

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

Psalm 50:1
A Psalm of Asaph. The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.

Psalm 74:1
Maschil of Asaph. O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?

Psalm 83:1
A Song or Psalm of Asaph. Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

truly.

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

Psalm 42:11
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

God

Psalm 73:18-28
Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction…

Psalm 84:11
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Isaiah 63:7-9
I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses…

to such

John 1:47
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

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

Romans 4:16
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,

of a clean 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 thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?

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







Lexicon
A Psalm
מִזְמ֗וֹר (miz·mō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4210: Instrumental music, a poem set to notes

of Asaph.
לְאָ֫סָ֥ף (lə·’ā·sāp̄)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 623: Asaph -- 'gatherer', the name of several Israelites

Surely
אַ֤ךְ (’aḵ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 389: A particle of affirmation, surely

God
אֱלֹהִ֗ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

[is] good
ט֭וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

to Israel,
לְיִשְׂרָאֵ֥ל (lə·yiś·rā·’êl)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

to those who are pure
לְבָרֵ֥י (lə·ḇā·rê)
Preposition-l | Adjective - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1249: Beloved, pure, empty

in heart.
לֵבָֽב׃ (lê·ḇāḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3824: Inner man, mind, will, heart
(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.) 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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