To the director. Masʹkil.* Of David, when Doʹeg the Eʹdom·ite came and proceeded to tell Saul and say to him that David had come to the house of A·himʹe·lech.+ 52 Why do you make your boast over what is bad, O you mighty one?+The loving-kindness* of God* is all day long.+ 2 Adversities your tongue schemes up, sharpened like a razor,+Working deceitfully.*+ 3 You have loved what is bad more than what is good,+Falsehood more than speaking righteousness.+ Seʹlah. 4 You have loved all devouring words,+O you deceitful tongue.*+ 5 God himself will also pull you down forever;+He will knock you down and tear you away from [your] tent,+And he will certainly root you out of the land of the living ones.+ Seʹlah. 6 And the righteous ones will see [it] and will be afraid,+And over him they will laugh.+ 7 Here is the able-bodied man that does not put God as his fortress,+But that trusts in the abundance of his riches,+That takes shelter in adversities by him.+ 8 But I shall be like a luxuriant olive tree+ in God’s house;I do trust in the loving-kindness of God to time indefinite, even forever.+ 9 I will laud you to time indefinite, for you have taken action;+And I shall hope in your name, because it is good, in front of your loyal ones.+
^ See 32:Sup ftn.
^ Or, “loyal love.”
^ “God.” Heb., ʼEl.
^ Or, “Ruinous things you scheme, your tongue being sharpened like a razor, O you worker of deceit.”
^ Lit., “tongue of deception.”