Compare 1Sa 21:1-10; 22:1-10, for the history of the title. Ps 52:1 gives the theme; the boast of the
wicked over the righteous is vain, for God constantly cares for His
people. This is expanded by describing the malice and deceit, and then
the ruin, of the wicked, and the happy state of the pious.
1. mighty man—literally, "hero." Doeg
may be thus addressed, ironically, in respect of his might in
2. tongue—for self.
mischiefs—evil to others (Ps 5:9; 38:12).
working deceitfully—(Ps 10:7), as a keen, smoothly moving razor,
cutting quietly, but deeply.
"swallowing," which utterly destroy (compare Ps 21:9;
5. likewise—or, "so," "also," as you
have done to others God will do to you (Ps 18:27). The following terms describe the most
6. shall … fear—regard with
laugh at him—for his folly;
7. for trusting in riches and being strong in
52:2), instead of trusting in
the man—literally, "the mighty man,"
or "hero" (Ps 52:1).
8. The figure used is common (Ps 1:3; Jer
house, &c.—in communion with God
(compare Ps 27:4, 5).
for ever and ever—qualifies
9. hast done—that is, what the context
supplies, "preserved me" (compare Ps 22:31).
wait … name—hope in Thy
perfections, manifested for my good (Ps 5:11; 20:1).
for it is good—that is, Thy name, and
the whole method or result of its manifestation (Ps 54:6;