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Scottish Psalter: Psalm 52

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Psalm 52: Why dost thou boast, O mighty man

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.

Meter: C.M. (8,6,8,6)

1 Why dost thou boast, O mighty man, of mischief and of ill? The goodness of Almighty God endureth ever still.

2 Thy tongue mischievous calumnies deviseth subtilely, Like to a razor sharp to cut, working deceitfully.

3 Ill more than good, and more than truth thou lovest to speak wrong: 4 Thou lovest all-devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.

5 So God shall thee destroy for aye, remove thee, pluck thee out Quite from thy house, out of the land of life he shall thee root.

6 The righteous shall it see, and fear, and laugh at him they shall: 7 Lo, this the man is that did not make God his strength at all:

But he in his abundant wealth his confidence did place; And he took strength unto himself from his own wickedness.

8 But I am in the house of God like to an olive green: My confidence for ever hath upon God’s mercy been.

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