1 Why do you glory in evil, you tyrant, ♦
while the goodness of God endures continually?
2 You plot destruction, you deceiver; ♦
your tongue is like a sharpened razor.
3 You love evil rather than good, ♦
falsehood rather than the word of truth.
4 You love all words that hurt, ♦
O you deceitful tongue.
5 Therefore God shall utterly bring you down; ♦
he shall take you and pluck you out of your tent
and root you out of the land of the living.
6 The righteous shall see this and tremble; ♦
they shall laugh you to scorn, and say:
7 ‘This is the one who did not take God for a refuge, ♦
but trusted in great riches and relied upon wickedness.’
8 But I am like a spreading olive tree in the house of God; ♦
I trust in the goodness of God for ever and ever.
9 I will always give thanks to you for what you have done; ♦
I will hope in your name,
for your faithful ones delight in it.
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included here,
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