December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 1 For the leader. A maskil of David,
- when Doeg the Edomite went and told Saul, "David went to the house of Ahimelech."
- Why do you glory in evil, you scandalous liar? All day long
- you plot destruction; your tongue is like a sharpened razor, you skillful deceiver.
- You love evil rather than good, lies rather than honest speech. Selah
- You love any word that destroys, you deceitful tongue.
- Now God will strike you down, leave you crushed forever, Pluck you from your tent, uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
- The righteous will look on with awe; they will jeer and say:
- "That one did not take God as a refuge, but trusted in great wealth, relied on devious plots."
- 2 But I, like an olive tree in the house of God, trust in God's faithful love forever.
- I will praise you always for what you have done. I will proclaim before the faithful that your name is good.
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1 [Psalm 52] A condemnation of the powerful and arrogant (Psalm 52:3-6), who bring down upon themselves God's judgment (Psalm 52:7). The just, those who trust in God alone, are gladdened and strengthened by the downfall of their traditional enemies (Psalm 52:8-9).
2  Like an olive tree: the righteous will flourish in the house of God like a well-watered olive tree. Cf Psalm 92:14; 128:3.
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