PSALM 52#A condemnation of the powerful and arrogant (Ps 52:3–6), who bring down upon themselves God’s judgment (Ps 52:7). The just, those who trust in God alone, are gladdened and strengthened by the downfall of their traditional enemies (Ps 52:8–9).
The Deceitful Tongue
1For the leader. A maskil of David, 2when Doeg the Edomite entered and reported to Saul, saying to him: “David has entered the house of Ahimelech.”#a. [52:2] 1 Sm 21:8; 22:6ff.
3Why do you glory in what is evil, you who are mighty by the mercy of God?
All day long
4you are thinking up intrigues;
your tongue is like a sharpened razor,
you worker of deceit.#b. [52:4] Ps 12:3; 59:8; 120:2–3; Sir 51:3.
5You love evil more than good,
lying rather than saying what is right.#c. [52:5] Jer 4:22; Jn 3:19–20.Selah
6You love all the words that create confusion,
you deceitful tongue.#d. [52:6] Jer 9:4.
7God too will strike you down forever,
he will lay hold of you and pluck you from your tent,
uproot you from the land of the living.#e. [52:7] Ps 27:13; 28:5; 56:14; Jb 18:14; Prv 2:22; Is 38:11.Selah
8The righteous will see and they will fear;
but they will laugh at him:#f. [52:8] Ps 44:14; 64:9.
9“Behold the man! He did not take God as his refuge,
but he trusted in the abundance of his wealth,
and grew powerful through his wickedness.”#g. [52:9] Jb 31:24; Prv 11:28.
10But I, like an olive tree#Like an olive tree: the righteous will flourish in the house of God like a well-watered olive tree, cf. Ps 92:14; 128:3. flourishing in the house of God,#h. [52:10] Ps 1:3; 92:12–14; Jer 11:16; 17:8.
I trust in God’s mercy forever and ever.
11I will thank you forever
for what you have done.
I will put my hope in your name—for it is good,#i. [52:11] Ps 22:23; 26:12; 35:18; 149:1.
—in the presence of those devoted to you.