Psalm 52 English Standard Version

The Futility of Boastful Wickedness

52 1  Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day. 2  Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit. 3  You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah 4  You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue. 5  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

6  The righteous shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him, saying, 7  "See the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches and sought refuge in his own destruction!"[1] 8  But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever. 9  I will thank you forever, because you have done it. I will wait for your name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly.


[1] 52:7 Or in his work of destruction

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