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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book II
 
LII
 
Futility of Boastful Wickedness
 
 
For the Chief Musician. Maschil of David; when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech.
 
 
[1]  WHY boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man?
The lovingkindness of God endureth continually.
[2]  Thy tongue deviseth very wickedness,
Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
[3]  Thou lovest evil more than good,
And lying rather than to speak righteousness.  [Selah
[4]  Thou lovest all devouring words,
O 1 thou deceitful tongue.
[5]  God will likewise destroy 2 thee for ever;
He will take thee up, and pluck thee out of thy tent,
And root thee out of the land of the living.  [Selah
[6]  The righteous also shall see it, and fear,
And shall laugh at him, saying,
[7]  Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength, 3
But trusted in the abundance of his riches,
And strengthened himself in his wickedness.
[8]  But as for me, I am like a green olive-tree in the house of God:
I trust in the lovingkindness of God for ever and ever.
[9]  I will give thee thanks for ever, because thou hast done it;
And I will hope in thy name, for it is good, in the presence of thy saints.
 
Note 1. Or, And the deceitful tongue. [back]
Note 2. Or, break thee down. [back]
Note 3. Or, stronghold. [back]
 

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