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Psalms 52

For the director of music. A maskil of David. When Doeg the Edomite had gone to Saul and told him: "David has gone to the house of Ahimelech."

1 Why[1] [Title: maskil; Probably a literary or musical term] do you boast of evil, you mighty man?
     Why do you boast all day long,
     you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
2 Your tongue plots destruction;
     it is like a sharpened razor,
     you who practice deceit.
3 You love evil rather than good,
     falsehood rather than speaking the truth.
4 You love every harmful word,
     O you deceitful tongue!
5 Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
     He will snatch you up and tear you from your tent;
     he will uproot you from the land of the living.
6 The righteous will see and fear;
     they will laugh at him, saying,
7 "Here now is the man
     who did not make God his stronghold
but trusted in his great wealth
     and grew strong by destroying others!"
8 But I am like an olive tree
     flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God's unfailing love
     for ever and ever.
9 I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints.

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