Psalm 52[a]

For the director of music. A maskil[b] of David. When Doeg the Edomite(A) had gone to Saul and told him: “David has gone to the house of Ahimelek.”

Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
    Why do you boast(B) all day long,(C)
    you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
You who practice deceit,(D)
    your tongue plots destruction;(E)
    it is like a sharpened razor.(F)
You love evil(G) rather than good,
    falsehood(H) rather than speaking the truth.[c]
You love every harmful word,
    you deceitful tongue!(I)

Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
    He will snatch you up and pluck(J) you from your tent;
    he will uproot(K) you from the land of the living.(L)
The righteous will see and fear;
    they will laugh(M) at you, saying,
“Here now is the man
    who did not make God his stronghold(N)
but trusted in his great wealth(O)
    and grew strong by destroying others!”

But I am like an olive tree(P)
    flourishing in the house of God;
I trust(Q) in God’s unfailing love
    for ever and ever.
For what you have done I will always praise you(R)
    in the presence of your faithful people.(S)
And I will hope in your name,(T)
    for your name is good.(U)


  1. Psalm 52:1 In Hebrew texts 52:1-9 is numbered 52:3-11.
  2. Psalm 52:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 52:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 5.

11 “Moreover, say to the royal house(A) of Judah, ‘Hear the word of the Lord. 12 This is what the Lord says to you, house of David:

“‘Administer justice(B) every morning;
    rescue from the hand of the oppressor(C)
    the one who has been robbed,
or my wrath will break out and burn like fire(D)
    because of the evil(E) you have done—
    burn with no one to quench(F) it.
13 I am against(G) you, Jerusalem,
    you who live above this valley(H)
    on the rocky plateau, declares the Lord
you who say, “Who can come against us?
    Who can enter our refuge?”(I)
14 I will punish you as your deeds(J) deserve,
    declares the Lord.
I will kindle a fire(K) in your forests(L)
    that will consume everything around you.’”

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22 I did not see a temple(A) in the city, because the Lord God Almighty(B) and the Lamb(C) are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God(D) gives it light,(E) and the Lamb(F) is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.(G) 25 On no day will its gates(H) ever be shut,(I) for there will be no night there.(J) 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.(K) 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful,(L) but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.(M)

Eden Restored

22 Then the angel showed me the river(N) of the water of life,(O) as clear as crystal,(P) flowing(Q) from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life,(R) bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.(S) No longer will there be any curse.(T) The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.(U) They will see his face,(V) and his name will be on their foreheads.(W) There will be no more night.(X) They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light.(Y) And they will reign for ever and ever.(Z)

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