The Psalms

Psalm 52

David, condemning the spitefulness of Doeg, prophesies his destruction, 1-5. The righteous shall rejoice at it, 6, 7. David, upon his confidence in God's mercy, gives thanks, 8, 9.

1 [To the Chief Musician. Maschil. A Psalm of David: when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul and said to him, "David has come to the house of Ahimelech."] Why do you boast yourself in mischief, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually.

2 Your tongue devises mischiefs, like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

3 You love evil more than good and lying rather than speaking righteousness. [Selah.]

4 You love all devouring words, O deceitful tongue.

5 God shall likewise destroy you forever. He shall take you away and pluck you out of your dwelling-place. He shall root you out of the land of the living. [Selah.]

6 The righteous also shall see and fear. They shall laugh at him:

7 "Behold, this is the man who did not make God his strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches and strengthened himself in his wickedness."

8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.

9 I will praise you forever because you have done it. I will wait on your name, for it is good, in the presence of your saints.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 52