Psalms 52-56 - Futility of Boastful Wickedness

Psalm 52

Futility of Boastful Wickedness.

For the choir director. A Maskil of David, when Doeg

the Edomite came and told Saul and said to him,

"David has come to the house of Ahimelech."

1 Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?

The lovingkindness of God endures all day


2 Your tongue devises destruction,

Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.

3 You love evil more than good,

Falsehood more than speaking what is right.


4 You love all words that devour,

O deceitful tongue.

5 But God will break you down forever;

He will snatch you up and tear you away

from your tent,

And uproot you from the land of the living.


6 The righteous will see and fear,

And will laugh at him, saying,

7 "Behold, the man who would not make

God his refuge,

But trusted in the abundance of his riches

And was strong in his evil desire."

8 But as for me, I am like a green olive tree

in the house of God;

I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever

and ever.

9 I will give You thanks forever, because You

have done it,

And I will wait on Your name, for it is good,

in the presence of Your godly ones.

Psalm 53

Folly and Wickedness of Men.

For the choir director; according to Mahalath.

A Maskil of David.

1 The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God,"

They are corrupt, and have committed abominable


There is no one who does good.

2 God has looked down from heaven upon the

sons of men

To see if there is anyone who understands,

Who seeks after God.

3 Every one of them has turned aside; together

they have become corrupt;

There is no one who does good, not even one.

4 Have the workers of wickedness no knowledge,

Who eat up My people as though they ate bread

And have not called upon God?

5 There they were in great fear where no fear

had been;

For God scattered the bones of him who

encamped against you;

You put them to shame, because God had

rejected them.

6 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come

out of Zion!

When God restores His captive people,

Let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

Psalm 54

Prayer for Defense against Enemies.

For the choir director; on stringed instruments.

A Maskil of David, when the Ziphites came and

said to Saul, "Is not David hiding himself among us?"

1 Save me, O God, by Your name,

And vindicate me by Your power.

2 Hear my prayer, O God;

Give ear to the words of my mouth.

3 For strangers have risen against me

And violent men have sought my life;

They have not set God before them. Selah.

4 Behold, God is my helper;

The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.

5 He will recompense the evil to my foes;

Destroy them in Your faithfulness.

6 Willingly I will sacrifice to You;

I will give thanks to Your name, O LORD,

for it is good.

7 For He has delivered me from all trouble,

And my eye has looked with satisfaction

upon my enemies.

Psalm 55

Prayer for the Destruction of the Treacherous.

For the choir director; on stringed instruments.

A Maskil of David.

1 Give ear to my prayer, O God;

And do not hide Yourself from my


2 Give heed to me and answer me;

I am restless in my complaint and am surely


3 Because of the voice of the enemy,

Because of the pressure of the wicked;

For they bring down trouble upon me

And in anger they bear a grudge against me.

4 My heart is in anguish within me,

And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.

5 Fear and trembling come upon me,

And horror has overwhelmed me.

6 I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove!

I would fly away and be at rest.

7 "Behold, I would wander far away,

I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah.

8 "I would hasten to my place of refuge

From the stormy wind and tempest."

9 Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues,

For I have seen violence and strife in the city.

10 Day and night they go around her upon

her walls,

And iniquity and mischief are in her midst.

11 Destruction is in her midst;

Oppression and deceit do not depart from

her streets.

12 For it is not an enemy who reproaches me,

Then I could bear it;

Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted

himself against me,

Then I could hide myself from him.

13 But it is you, a man my equal,

My companion and my familiar friend;

14 We who had sweet fellowship together

Walked in the house of God in the throng.

15 Let death come deceitfully upon them;

Let them go down alive to Sheol,

For evil is in their dwelling, in their midst.

16 As for me, I shall call upon God,

And the LORD will save me.

17 Evening and morning and at noon, I will

complain and murmur,

And He will hear my voice.

18 He will redeem my soul in peace from

the battle which is against me,

For they are many who strive with me.

19 God will hear and answer them--

Even the one who sits enthroned from of old--


With whom there is no change,

And who do not fear God.

20 He has put forth his hands against those

who were at peace with him;

He has violated his covenant.

21 His speech was smoother than butter,

But his heart was war;

His words were softer than oil,

Yet they were drawn swords.

22 Cast your burden upon the LORD and He

will sustain you;

He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

23 But You, O God, will bring them down to

the pit of destruction;

Men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out

half their days.

But I will trust in You.

Psalm 56

Supplication for Deliverance and Grateful

Trust in God.

For the choir director; according to Jonath

elem rehokim. A Mikhtam of David, when

the Philistines seized him in Gath.

1 Be gracious to me, O God, for man has

trampled upon me;

Fighting all day long he oppresses me.

2 My foes have trampled upon me all day


For they are many who fight proudly against


3 When I am afraid,

I will put my trust in You.

4 In God, whose word I praise,

In God I have put my trust;

I shall not be afraid.

What can mere man do to me?

5 All day long they distort my words;

All their thoughts are against me for evil.

6 They attack, they lurk,

They watch my steps,

As they have waited to take my life.

7 Because of wickedness, cast them forth,

In anger put down the peoples, O God!

8 You have taken account of my wanderings;

Put my tears in Your bottle.

Are they not in Your book?

9 Then my enemies will turn back in the day

when I call;

This I know, that God is for me.

10 In God, whose word I praise,

In the LORD, whose word I praise,

11 In God I have put my trust, I shall not

be afraid.

What can man do to me?

12 Your vows are binding upon me, O God;

I will render thank offerings to You.

13 For You have delivered my soul from death,

Indeed my feet from stumbling,

So that I may walk before God

In the light of the living.


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