Psalm 52

Words: The Scottish Psalter

Common Metre Tunes

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.

   1  Why dost thou boast, O mighty man,
         of mischief and of ill?
      The goodness of Almighty God
         endureth ever still.
   2  Thy tongue mischievous calumnies
         deviseth subtilely,
      Like to a razor sharp to cut,
         working deceitfully.
   3  Ill more than good, and more than truth
         thou lovest to speak wrong:
   4  Thou lovest all-devouring words,
         O thou deceitful tongue.
   5  So God shall thee destroy for aye,
         remove thee, pluck thee out
      Quite from thy house, out of the land
         of life he shall thee root.
   6  The righteous shall it see, and fear,
         and laugh at him they shall:
   7   Lo, this the man is that did not
         make God his strength at all:
      But he in his abundant wealth
         his confidence did place;
      And he took strength unto himself
         from his own wickedness.
   8  But I am in the house of God
         like to an olive green:
      My confidence for ever hath
         upon God's mercy been.
   9  And I for ever will thee praise,
         because thou hast done this:
      I on thy name will wait; for good
         before thy saints it is.

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