Psalms 52

The Steadfast Love of God Endures

To the choirmaster. A Maskil
Probably a musical or liturgical term
of David, when bDoeg, the Edomite, came and told Saul, “David has come to the house of Ahimelech.”

1 Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man?
The steadfast love of God endures all the day.
2Your ctongue plots destruction,
like da sharp razor, you eworker of deceit.
3You love evil more than good,
and flying more than speaking what is right.  Selah
4You love all words that devour,
O deceitful tongue.
5 But God will break you down forever;
he will snatch and gtear you from your tent;
he will uproot you from hthe land of the living.  Selah
6The righteous shall isee and fear,
and shall jlaugh at him, saying,
7See the man who would not make
God his refuge,
but ktrusted in the abundance of his riches
and sought refuge in his own destruction!”
Or  in his work of destruction

8 But I am like ma green olive tree
in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
forever and ever.
9I will thank you forever,
because you have done it.
I will wait for your name nfor it is good,
in the presence of the ogodly.

Psalms 53

There Is None Who Does Good

To the choirmaster: according to pMahalath. A Maskil
Probably musical or liturgical terms
of David.

1 rThe fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity;
there is none who does good.
2 God looks down from heaven
on the children of man
to see if there are any who understand,
Or  who act wisely

who seek after God.
3 They have all fallen away;
together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.
4 Have those who work evil no knowledge,
who eat up my people as they eat bread,
and do not call upon God?
5 There they are, in great terror,
twhere there is no terror!
For God uscatters the bones of him who encamps against you;
you put them to shame, for God has rejected them.
6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When God restores the fortunes of his people,
let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

Psalms 54

The Lord Upholds My Life

To the choirmaster: with vstringed instruments. A Maskil
Probably a musical or liturgical term
of David, xwhen the Ziphites went and told Saul, “Is not David hiding among us?”

1 O God, save me by your yname,
and vindicate me by your might.
2O God zhear my prayer;
give ear to the words of my mouth.
3 aaFor abstrangers
Some Hebrew manuscripts and Targum insolent men (compare Psalm 86:14)
have risen against me;
ruthless men adseek my life;
they do not set God before themselves.  Selah
4 Behold, aeGod is my helper;
the Lord is the upholder of my life.
5He will return the evil to my enemies;
in your affaithfulness agput an end to them.
6 With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
I will give thanks to your name, O  Lord, ahfor it is good.
7For he has delivered me from every trouble,
and my eye has ailooked in triumph on my enemies.

Psalms 55

Cast Your Burden on the  Lord

To the choirmaster: with ajstringed instruments. A Maskil
Probably a musical or liturgical term
of David.

1 alGive ear to my prayer, O God,
and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!
2Attend to me, and answer me;
I am restless amin my complaint and I anmoan,
3because of the noise of the enemy,
because of the oppression of the wicked.
For they aodrop trouble upon me,
and in anger they bear a grudge against me.
4 My heart is in anguish within me;
apthe terrors of death have fallen upon me.
5Fear and trembling come upon me,
and aqhorror aroverwhelms me.
6And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest;
7 asyes, I would wander far away;
I would lodge in the wilderness;  Selah
8I would hurry to find a shelter
from atthe raging wind and tempest.”
9 Destroy, O Lord, audivide their tongues;
for I see avviolence and strife in the city.
10Day and night they go around it
on its walls,
and awiniquity and trouble are within it;
11ruin is in its midst;
axoppression and fraud
do not depart from its marketplace.
12 For it is not an enemy who taunts me—
then I could bear it;
it is not an adversary who aydeals insolently with me—
then I could hide from him.
13 azBut it is you, a man, my equal,
my companion, my familiar friend.
14We used to take sweet counsel together;
within God’s house we walked in bathe throng.
15Let death steal over them;
let them go down to Sheol bbalive;
for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.
16 But I call to God,
and the  Lord will save me.
17 bcEvening and bdmorning and at benoon
I bfutter my complaint and moan,
and he hears my voice.
18He redeems my soul in safety
from the battle that I wage,
for bgmany are arrayed against me.
19God will give ear and humble them,
he who is bhenthroned from of old,  Selah
because they do not bichange
and do not fear God.
20 My companion
Hebrew He
bkstretched out his hand against his friends;
he violated his covenant.
21His blspeech was bmsmooth as butter,
yet war was in his heart;
his words were softer than oil,
yet they were bndrawn swords.
22 boCast your burden on the  Lord,
and he will sustain you;
bphe will never permit
the righteous to be moved.
23 But you, O God, bqwill cast them down
into brthe pit of destruction;
men of bsblood and treachery
shall not btlive out half their days.
But I will butrust in you.
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