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Psalm Fifty Two

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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To the chief Musician, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech.

Maschil. This is one of the Maschil psalms (see Psalm 32). It was written by David as an indictment of the treacherous act of Doeg, the Edomite (1 Samuel 21:7; 22:9-19).

Psalm 52:1 Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.

Psalm 52:2 Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Psalm 52:3 Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah

Psalm 52:4 Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.

Psalm 52:5 God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah

destroy thee for ever. What a warning to those who, like Doeg, use the Lord's service for personal gain, but remain unbelievers and eventually feel no compunction in blaspheming the people and work of God.

Psalm 52:6 The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:

Psalm 52:7 Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

Psalm 52:8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

Psalm 52:9 I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.