Psalm 52

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.


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