Psalms 52

PSALM 52

Psalms 52:1-9 . Compare 1 Samuel 21:1-10 , 22:1-10 , for the history of the title. Psalms 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 slander.

2. tongue--for self.
mischiefs--evil to others ( Psalms 5:9 , 38:12 ).
working deceitfully--( Psalms 10:7 ), as a keen, smoothly moving razor, cutting quietly, but deeply.

4. all-devouring--literally, "swallowing," which utterly destroy (compare Psalms 21:9 , 35:25 ).

5. likewise--or, "so," "also," as you have done to others God will do to you ( Psalms 18:27 ). The following terms describe the most entire ruin.

6. shall . . . fear--regard with religious awe.
laugh at him--for his folly;

7. for trusting in riches and being strong in "wickedness."
wickedness--literally, "mischief" ( Psalms 52:2 ), instead of trusting in God.
the man--literally, "the mighty man," or "hero" ( Psalms 52:1 ).

8. The figure used is common ( Psalms 1:3 , Jeremiah 11:16 ).
green--fresh.
house, &c.--in communion with God (compare Psalms 27:4 Psalms 27:5 ).
for ever and ever--qualifies "mercy."

9. hast done--that is, what the context supplies, "preserved me" (compare Psalms 22:31 ).
wait . . . name--hope in Thy perfections, manifested for my good ( Psalms 5:11 , 20:1 ).
for it is good--that is, Thy name, and the whole method or result of its manifestation ( Psalms 54:6 , 69:16 ).

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