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Psalm 52

Why Do You Boast of Evil?
(1 Samuel 22:6–23)

For the choirmaster. A Maskil a of David. After Doeg the Edomite went to Saul and told him, “David has gone to the house of Ahimelech.”

1Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man?

The loving devotion of God endures all day long.

2 Your tongue devises destruction

like a sharpened razor,

O worker of deceit.

3 You love evil more than good,

falsehood more than speaking truth.


4 You love every word that devours,

O deceitful tongue.

5 Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin;

He will snatch you up and tear you away from your tent;

He will uproot you from the land of the living.


6 The righteous will see and fear;

they will mock the evildoer, saying,

7 “Look at the man

who did not make God his refuge,

but trusted in the abundance of his wealth

and strengthened himself by destruction.”

8 But I am like an olive tree

flourishing in the house of God;

I trust in the loving devotion of God

forever and ever.

9 I will praise You forever,

because You have done it.

I will wait on Your name—

for it is good—

in the presence of Your saints.



1 a Maskil is probably a musical or liturgical term; used for Psalms 32, 42, 44–45, 52–55, 74, 78, 88–89, and 142.

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