Psalms 52

Psalm 521

For the music director; a well-written song2 by David. It was written when Doeg the Edomite went and informed Saul: “David has arrived at the home of Ahimelech.”3

52:1 Why do you boast about your evil plans,4 O powerful man?

God’s loyal love protects me all day long!5

52:2 Your tongue carries out your destructive plans;6

it is as effective as a sharp razor, O deceiver.7

52:3 You love evil more than good,

lies more than speaking the truth.8 (Selah)

52:4 You love to use all the words that destroy,9

and the tongue that deceives.

52:5 Yet10 God will make you a permanent heap of ruins.11

He will scoop you up12 and remove you from your home;13

he will uproot you from the land of the living. (Selah)

52:6 When the godly see this, they will be filled with awe,

and will mock the evildoer, saying:14

52:7 “Look, here is the man who would not make15 God his protector!

He trusted in his great wealth

and was confident about his plans to destroy others.”16

52:8 But I17 am like a flourishing18 olive tree in the house of God;

I continually19 trust in God’s loyal love.

52:9 I will continually20 thank you when21 you execute judgment;22

I will rely23 on you,24 for your loyal followers know you are good.25

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