Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) - Psalm 52

Psalm 52

God Judges the Proud

For the choir director. A Davidic Maskil. When Doeg the Edomite went and reported to Saul, telling him, “David went to Ahimelech’s house.”(A)

1 Why brag about evil, you hero!(B)
God’s faithful love is constant.(C)
2 Like a sharpened razor,
your tongue devises destruction,
working treachery.(D)
3 You love evil instead of good,
lying instead of speaking truthfully.(E)Selah
4 You love any words that destroy,
you treacherous tongue!(F)

5 This is why God will bring you down forever.
He will take you, ripping you out of your tent;
He will uproot you from the land of the living.(G)Selah
6 The righteous will look on with awe
and will ridicule him:(H)
7 “Here is the man
who would not make God his refuge,
but trusted in the abundance of his riches,
taking refuge in his destructive behavior.”[a](I)

8 But I am like a flourishing olive tree
in the house of God;(J)
I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever.(K)
9 I will praise You forever for what You have done.
In the presence of Your faithful people,
I will put my hope in Your name, for it is good.(L)

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 52:7 Or riches, and grew strong in his evil desire; lit his destruction

Cross references

  1. 52:title : 1Sm 22:9
  2. 52:1 : Ps 94:4
  3. 52:1 : Ps 40:10-11; 138:2
  4. 52:2 : Ps 5:9; 50:19; 59:7
  5. 52:3 : Ps 58:3; Jr 9:4-5
  6. 52:4 : Ps 10:7; Pr 17:4
  7. 52:5 : Ps 27:13; Pr 2:22
  8. 52:6 : Jb 22:19-20; Ps 37:34
  9. 52:7 : Ps 10:6; 49:6; Pr 11:28
  10. 52:8 : Ps 1:3; 128:3; Jr 11:16
  11. 52:8 : Ps 143:8
  12. 52:9 : Ps 30:12; 54:6

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