Psalms 52

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1 Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day.
2 Your 1tongue plots destruction, like 2a sharp razor, you 3worker of deceit.
3 You love evil more than good, and 4lying more than speaking what is right. Selah
4 You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.
5 But God will break you down forever; he will snatch and 5tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from 6the land of the living. Selah
6 The righteous shall 7see and fear, and shall 8laugh at him, saying,
7 "See the man who would not make God his refuge, but 9trusted in the abundance of his riches and sought refuge in his own destruction!"[a]
8 But I am like 10a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.
9 I will thank you forever, because you have done it. I will wait for your name, 11for it is good, in the presence of the 12godly.

Psalms 52 Commentary

Chapter 52

The enemies of the truth and the church described, Their destruction. (1-5) The righteous rejoice. (6-9)

Verses 1-5 Those that glory in sin, glory in their shame. The patience and forbearance of God are abused by sinners, to the hardening of their hearts in their wicked ways. But the enemies in vain boast in their mischief, while we have God's mercy to trust in. It will not save us from the guilt of lying, to be able to say, there was some truth in what we said, if we make it appear otherwise than it was. The more there is of craft and contrivance in any wickedness, the more there is of Satan in it. When good men die, they are transplanted from the land of the living on earth, to heaven, the garden of the Lord, where they shall take root for ever; but when wicked men die, they are rooted out, to perish for ever. The believer sees that God will destroy those who make not him their strength.

Verses 6-9 Those wretchedly deceive themselves, who think to support themselves in power and wealth without God. The wicked man trusted in the abundance of his riches; he thought his wickedness would help him to keep his wealth. Right or wrong, he would get what he could, and keep what he had, and ruin any one that stood in his way; this he thought would strengthen him; but see what it comes to! Those who by faith and love dwell in the house of God, shall be like green olive-trees there. And that we may be as green olive-trees, we must live a life of faith and holy confidence in God and his grace. It adds much to the beauty of our profession, and to fruitfulness in every grace, to be much in praising God; and we never can want matter for praise. His name alone can be our refuge and strong tower. It is very good for us to wait on that saving name; there is nothing better to calm and quiet our spirits, when disturbed, and to keep us in the way of duty, when tempted to use any crooked courses for our relief, than to hope, and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord. None ever followed his guidance but it ended well.

Cross References 12

  • 1. Psalms 50:19
  • 2. [Psalms 57:4]
  • 3. Psalms 101:7
  • 4. [Jeremiah 9:4, 5]
  • 5. Proverbs 2:22
  • 6. See Psalms 27:13
  • 7. See Psalms 40:3
  • 8. See Psalms 2:4
  • 9. See Psalms 49:6
  • 10. Jeremiah 11:16; [Psalms 1:3; Psalms 37:35; Psalms 92:12, 13; Psalms 128:3; Psalms 144:12; Hosea 14:6]
  • 11. Psalms 54:6
  • 12. See Psalms 50:5

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or in his work of destruction

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Psalms 52 Commentaries

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