The Mystery Of The Prosperous Wicked
by guest speaker Evangelist Dale Zehnder
(1) <A Psalm of
Asaph. > Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.
(2) But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh
(3) For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of
(4) For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is
(5) They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued
like other men.
(6) Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence
covereth them as a garment.
(7) Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart
(8) They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression:
they speak loftily.
(9) They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue
walketh through the earth.
(10) Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup
are wrung out to them.
(11) And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the
(12) Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they
increase in riches.
(13) Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands
(14) For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every
(15) If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against
the generation of thy children.
(16) When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
(17) Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I
(18) Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst
them down into destruction.
(19) How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are
utterly consumed with terrors.
(20) As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest,
thou shalt despise their image.
(21) Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.
(22) So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
(23) Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me
by my right hand.
(24) Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me
(25) Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth
that I desire beside thee.
(26) My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my
heart, and my portion for ever.
(27) For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast
destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
(28) But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust
in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.
(15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of
(37) Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not
(16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the
lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the
(4) No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this
life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
(33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.
(7) Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the
LORD your God.
(18) My little children, let us not love in word, neither in
tongue; but in deed and in truth.
(19) And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure
our hearts before him.
(20) For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart,
and knoweth all things.
(21) Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence
(22) And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his
commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
(23) And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the
name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
(24) And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he
in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath
<A Psalm of David. > Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither
be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
(5) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine
(6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
(7) Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from
(8) It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
(6) But godliness with contentment is great gain.
(7) For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we
can carry nothing out.
(8) And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
(9) But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare,
and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and
(10) For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while
some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves
through with many sorrows.
(11) But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after
righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
(12) Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life,
whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many
(19) Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD
delivereth him out of them all.