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Psalm 52

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.


1Why dost thou boast, O mighty man,

of mischief and of ill?

The goodness of Almighty God

endureth ever still.

2Thy tongue mischievous calumnies

deviseth subtilely,

Like to a razor sharp to cut,

working deceitfully.

3Ill more than good, and more than truth

thou lovest to speak wrong:

4Thou lovest all-devouring words,

O thou deceitful tongue.

5So 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.

6The righteous shall it see, and fear,

and laugh at him they shall:

7Lo, 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.

8But I am in the house of God

like to an olive green:

My confidence for ever hath

upon God’s mercy been.

9And 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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