Psalm 52

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 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.

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