Psalm 52

This is a special song that David wrote for the music leader.

It was when Doeg, the man from Edom went to Saul and told him, ‘David went to the house of Ahimelech, the priest.’

Cruel words

52:1King Saul was trying to kill David. David and his men ran away from Saul. Doeg told Saul where he could find David. See 1 Samuel 21:7.

1 Strong man, why are you so proud

about the evil things that you like to do?

Remember that God's special love keeps me safe.

52:1The answer to the question may seem strange. But it is not! The strong, evil man will not always be with us. But the kind love of God will be!

2 Your tongue is like a sharp knife!

You talk about how to hurt other people,

You speak nothing but lies.

3 You love to do evil things,

not good things.

You love to tell lies

more than the truth.


4 You love to say cruel words.

You speak to deceive others.

5 But God will knock you down,

and he will break you into pieces.

He will take you away from your home.

He will remove you from the land where people live.


6 Righteous people will see what has happened,

and they will be afraid.

Then they will laugh at the wicked person,

and they will say,

52:6When God does a powerful thing, it often makes us afraid. But when we begin to understand what he has done, we are happy! We know that God always does what is right.

7 ‘Look! This man did not trust God to keep him safe.

Instead, he trusted in his riches.

He thought that he could be cruel,

and that would keep him safe.’

8 But I am like a strong olive tree

that grows in the house of God.

I will always trust in God's special love for his people.

9 I will always praise you, God,

for what you have done.

I will trust you to help me,

together with all those who serve you.