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(To the chief Musician, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech.) Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.

2 Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

3 Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

4 Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.

5 God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

6 The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:

7 Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

9 I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.

Commentary for Psalms 52

The enemies of the truth and the church described, Their destruction. (1-5) The righteous rejoice. (6-9)

1-5 Those that glory in sin, glory in their shame. The patience and forbearance of God are abused by sinners, to the hardening of their hearts in their wicked ways. But the enemies in vain boast in their mischief, while we have God's mercy to trust in. It will not save us from the guilt of lying, to be able to say, there was some truth in what we said, if we make it appear otherwise than it was. The more there is of craft and contrivance in any wickedness, the more there is of Satan in it. When good men die, they are transplanted from the land of the living on earth, to heaven, the garden of the Lord, where they shall take root for ever; but when wicked men die, they are rooted out, to perish for ever. The believer sees that God will destroy those who make not him their strength.

6-9 Those wretchedly deceive themselves, who think to support themselves in power and wealth without God. The wicked man trusted in the abundance of his riches; he thought his wickedness would help him to keep his wealth. Right or wrong, he would get what he could, and keep what he had, and ruin any one that stood in his way; this he thought would strengthen him; but see what it comes to! Those who by faith and love dwell in the house of God, shall be like green olive-trees there. And that we may be as green olive-trees, we must live a life of faith and holy confidence in God and his grace. It adds much to the beauty of our profession, and to fruitfulness in every grace, to be much in praising God; and we never can want matter for praise. His name alone can be our refuge and strong tower. It is very good for us to wait on that saving name; there is nothing better to calm and quiet our spirits, when disturbed, and to keep us in the way of duty, when tempted to use any crooked courses for our relief, than to hope, and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord. None ever followed his guidance but it ended well.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 52

  • Kevin Mack
    This prayer sounds like a warning to all people in positions of power !!
    This is my psalm for 2017 and comes from our tradition of your age plus 1 and u have your psalm for that year. Hope the Thabe's had great fasting in first week of July.
  • Leslie Brown
    When reading this psalms it is telling how evil the tongue is. That is why we must slow to speak and quick to listen. We must learn control our minds and stay focused on the word of Jehovah. That is why the word says out of the heart flows the issue of life we must love one another as God loves us. When a situation happen we must go to Jehovah and ask what should we do. In Jesus mighty name Amen
  • Isosceles
    Why do you glory in evil, you champion of infamy? All the day you plot harm; your tongue is like a sharpened razor,you practiced deceiver!You love evil rather than good,falsehood rather than honest speech.You love all that means ruin,you of the deceitful tongue!God himself shall demolish you; forever he shall break you;He shall pluck you from your tent, and uproot you from the land of the living!
  • Carol Cheeks
    I love the whole chapter, it speaks of lying and decitful people and how He will destroy in the end and oh how He loves those that do right. It speaks volumes to how you reap what you sow.
  • Annie
    David understood the evils of the tongue and the constant perpetration of mischief. But, David was also aware of the vengeance requited to sinners by God. In this chapter, David's resolution is a life of worship and the forfeiture of personal vengeance for vindication by the Almighty.
  • Sabinus
    This scripture reveals the reward of wickedness. It is a strong warning for the froward, the boastful, the hypocrites and those that practise all manners of mischiefs. God is not a respecter of persons. They may seem to flourish in their shallow understanding presently but should definitely be punished by God. Verse 5 finalizes this point stressing out in clear terms the end of the wicked. However the righteous shall flourish like the palm tree. Let us therefore try to be holy, maintain humility and pursue righteous with fear and trembling.
  • Adewole mathew
    i love the verse8 of that chapter,but i like a green olive tree in the house of God,that show how we are great in present of God
  • Linda S. flagg
    god lead me to this chapter when I had concerns of a prideful wealthy man. I was so amazed to find this chapter pinpoint to what God will do to them that trust in their wealth and not God.For god plainly states he will destroy anyone that loves evil and not good. This is a suitable warning to them that are evil bosters.God will certainly not tolerate it.

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