Psalm 73:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 73:17, NIV: "till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny."

Psalm 73:17, ESV: "until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end."

Psalm 73:17, KJV: "Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end."

Psalm 73:17, NASB: "Until I entered the sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end."

Psalm 73:17, NLT: "Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked."

Psalm 73:17, CSB: "until I entered God's sanctuary. Then I understood their destiny."

What does Psalm 73:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In this psalm, Asaph has expressed his frustration at seeing evil people prosper (Psalm 73:2–3) while godly people suffer (Psalm 73:13–14). He realizes the danger of this, however (Psalm 73:15), even while he admits his own limitations (Psalm 73:16). Other Scriptures, such as the book of Proverbs, explain how godlessness puts a person at greater risk of disaster during their earthly life (Proverbs 9:13–18). Seeking God, Asaph also comes to realize that even the most affluent person is subject to God's judgment in eternity. Focusing on what he knows of God, to encourage him in the face of what he does not know, Asaph's faith is reinforced.

Hezekiah, too, benefitted from a personal session in the temple with the Lord. When the Assyrian army laid siege to Jerusalem and threatened to conquer it, Hezekiah took the threatening letter he had received from the Assyrian general and spread it before the Lord (Isaiah 37:14). The Lord resolved the Assyrian threat by destroying the Assyrian army during the night (2 Kings 19:35–37).

The best way to resolve our heartbreak is to turn all such issues over to the Lord in prayer. The apostle James instructs: "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him" (James 1:5).