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Psalm 52

Judgment on the Deceitful

To the leader. A Maskil of David, when Doeg the Edomite came to Saul and said to him, “David has come to the house of Ahimelech.”

Why do you boast, O mighty one,
    of mischief done against the godly?[a]
All day long(A)     you are plotting destruction.
Your tongue is like a sharp razor,
    you worker of treachery.(B)
You love evil more than good
    and lying more than speaking the truth. Selah(C)
You love all words that devour,
    O deceitful tongue.(D)

But God will break you down forever;
    he will snatch and tear you from your tent;
    he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah(E)
The righteous will see and fear
    and will laugh at the evildoer,[b] saying,(F)
“See the one who would not take
    refuge in God
but trusted in abundant riches
    and sought refuge in wealth!”[c](G)

But I am like a green olive tree
    in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
    forever and ever.(H)
I will thank you forever
    because of what you have done.
In the presence of the faithful
    I will proclaim[d] your name, for it is good.(I)


  1. 52.1 Cn Compare Syr: Heb the kindness of God
  2. 52.6 Heb him
  3. 52.7 Syr Tg: Heb in his destruction
  4. 52.9 Cn: Heb wait for