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Psalm 52

Futility of Boastful Wickedness.

To the Chief Musician. A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem. A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, “David has come to the house of Ahimelech.”

1Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man?
The lovingkindness of God endures all day long.

Your tongue devises destruction,
Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

You love evil more than good,
And falsehood more than speaking what is right. Selah.

You love all words that devour,
O deceitful tongue.


But God will break you down forever;
He will take you away and tear you away from your tent,
And uproot you from the land of the living. Selah.

The righteous will see it and fear,
And will [scoffingly] laugh, saying,

“Look, [this is] the man who would not make God his strength [his stronghold and fortress],
But trusted in the abundance of his riches,
Taking refuge in his wealth.”


But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
I trust [confidently] in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.

I will thank You forever, because You have done it, [You have rescued me and kept me safe].
I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 52

Psalm 52

For the director of music. A maskil of David when Doeg, who was from Edom, had gone to Saul. Doeg had told Saul, “David has gone to the house of Ahimelek.”

You think you are such a big, strong man!
    Why do you brag about the evil things you’ve done?
    You are a dishonor to God all the time.
You plan ways to destroy others.
    Your tongue is like a blade that has a sharp edge.
    You are always telling lies.
You love evil instead of good.
    You would rather lie than tell the truth.
    You love to harm others with your words, you liar!

So God will destroy you forever.
    He will grab you and pluck you from your tent.
    He will remove you from this life.
Those who do what is right will see it and learn a lesson from it.
    They will laugh at you and say,
“Just look at this fellow!
    He didn’t depend on God for his safety.
He put his trust in all his wealth.
    He grew strong by destroying others!”

But I am like a healthy olive tree.
    My roots are deep in the house of God.
I trust in your faithful love
    for ever and ever.
I will praise you forever for what you have done.
    I will praise you when I’m with your faithful people.
    I will put my hope in you because you are good.