Psalms 52 to 56 : American Standard Version
Psalm 52For 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 Abimelech.
1Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? The lovingkindness of God endureth continually. 2Thy tongue deviseth very wickedness, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. 3Thou lovest evil more than good, And lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah 4Thou lovest all devouring words, thou deceitful tongue. 5God will likewise destroy 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 6The righteous also shall see it, and fear, And shall laugh at him, saying, 7Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength, But trusted in the abundance of his riches, And strengthened himself in his wickedness. 8But 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. 9I 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.
Psalm 53 For the Chief Musician; set to Mahalath. Maschil of David.
1The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity; There is none that doeth good. 2God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there were any that did understand, That did seek after God. 3Every one of them is gone back; they are together become filthy; There is none that doeth good, no, not one. 4Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And call not upon God? 5There were they in great fear, where no fear was; For God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: Thou hast put them to shame, because of God hath rejected them. 6Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Then shall Jacob rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
Psalm 54 For the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. Maschil of David; when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, Doth not David hide himself with us?
1Save me, O God, by thy name, And judge me in thy might. 2Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth. 3For strangers are risen up against me, And violent men have sought after my soul: They have not set God before them. Selah 4Behold, God is my helper: The Lord is of them that uphold my soul. 5He will requite the evil unto mine enemies: Destroy thou them in thy truth. 6With a freewill-offering will I sacrifice unto thee: I will give thanks unto thy name, O Jehovah, for it is good. 7For he hath delivered me out of all trouble; And mine eye hath seen my desire upon mine enemies.
Psalm 55 For the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. Maschil of David.
1Give ear to my prayer, O God; And hide not thyself from my supplication. 2Attend unto me, and answer me: I am restless in my complaint, and moan, 3Because of the voice of the enemy, Because of the oppression of the wicked; For they cast iniquity upon me, And in anger they persecute me. 4My heart is sore pained within me: And the terrors of death are fallen upon me. 5Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, And horror hath overwhelmed me. 6And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! Then would I fly away, and be at rest. 7Lo, then would I wander far off, I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah 8I would haste me to a shelter From the stormy wind and tempest. 9Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongue; For I have seen violence and strife in the city. 10Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: Iniquity also and mischief are in the midst of it. 11Wickedness is in the midst thereof: Oppression and guile depart not from its streets. 12For it was not an enemy that reproached me; Then I could have borne it: Neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; Then I would have hid myself from him: 13But it was thou, a man mine equal, My companion, and my familiar friend. 14We took sweet counsel together; We walked in the house of God with the throng. 15Let death come suddenly upon them, Let them go down alive into Sheol; For wickedness is in their dwelling, in the midst of them. 16As for me, I will call upon God; And Jehovah will save me. 17Evening, and morning, and at noonday, will I complain, and moan; And he will hear my voice. 18He hath redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me; For they were many that strove with me. 19God will hear, and answer them, Even he that abideth of old, Selah The men who have no changes, And who fear not God. 20He hath put forth his hands against such as were at peace with him: He hath profaned his covenant. 21His mouth was smooth as butter, But his heart was war: His words were softer than oil, Yet were they drawn swords. 22Cast thy burden upon Jehovah, and he will sustain thee: He will never suffer the righteous to be moved. 23But thou, O God, wilt bring them down into the pit of destruction: Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; But I will trust in thee.
Psalm 56 For the Chief Musician; set to Jonath elem rehokim. A Psalm of David. Michtam: when the Philistines took him in Gath.
1Be merciful unto me, O God; for man would swallow me up: All the day long he fighting oppresseth me. 2Mine enemies would swallow me up all the day long; For they are many that fight proudly against me. 3What time I am afraid, I will put my trust in thee. 4In God (I will praise his word), In God have I put my trust, I will not be afraid; What can flesh do unto me? 5All the day long they wrest my words: All their thoughts are against me for evil. 6They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, They mark my steps, Even as they have waited for my soul. 7Shall they escape by iniquity? In anger cast down the peoples, O God. 8Thou numberest my wanderings: Put thou my tears into thy bottle; Are they not in thy book? 9Then shall mine enemies turn back in the day that I call: This I know, that God is for me. 10In God (I will praise his word), In Jehovah (I will praise his word), 11In God have I put my trust, I will not be afraid; What can man do unto me? 12Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render thank-offerings unto thee. 13For thou hast delivered my soul from death: Hast thou not delivered my feet from falling, That I may walk before God In the light of the living?