Psalm 52 New International Version

The Futility of Boastful Wickedness

52 1  [1][2]Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God? 2  You who practice deceit, your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor. 3  You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth.[3] 4  You love every harmful word, you deceitful tongue! 5  Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin: He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living.

6  The righteous will see and fear; they will laugh at you, saying, 7  "Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!" 8  But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love for ever and ever. 9  For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.


[1] 52:1 In Hebrew texts 52:1-9 is numbered 52:3-11.

[2] 52:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

[3] 52:3 The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 5.

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