52 For the music director; a well-written song 1 by David. It was written when Doeg the Edomite went and informed Saul: “David has arrived at the home of Ahimelech.” 2
Why do you boast about your evil plans, 3 O powerful man?
God’s loyal love protects me all day long! 4
2 Your tongue carries out your destructive plans; 5
it is as effective as a sharp razor, O deceiver. 6
3 You love evil more than good,
lies more than speaking the truth. 7 (Selah)
4 You love to use all the words that destroy, 8
and the tongue that deceives.
5 Yet 9 God will make you a permanent heap of ruins. 10
He will scoop you up 11 and remove you from your home; 12
he will uproot you from the land of the living. (Selah)
6 When the godly see this, they will be filled with awe,
and will mock the evildoer, saying: 13
7 “Look, here is the man who would not make 14 God his protector!
He trusted in his great wealth
and was confident about his plans to destroy others.” 15
8 But I 16 am like a flourishing 17 olive tree in the house of God;
I continually 18 trust in God’s loyal love.
9 I will continually 19 thank you when 20 you execute judgment; 21
I will rely 22 on you, 23 for your loyal followers know you are good. 24
53 For the music director; according to the machalath style; 1 a well-written song 2 by David.
Fools say to themselves, 3 “There is no God.” 4
They sin and commit evil deeds; 5
none of them does what is right. 6
2 God looks down from heaven 7 at the human race, 8
to see if there is anyone who is wise 9 and seeks God. 10
3 Everyone rejects God; 11
they are all morally corrupt. 12
None of them does what is right, 13
not even one!
4 All those who behave wickedly 14 do not understand 15 –
those who devour my people as if they were eating bread,
and do not call out to God.
5 They are absolutely terrified, 16
even by things that do not normally cause fear. 17
For God annihilates 18 those who attack you. 19
You are able to humiliate them because God has rejected them. 20
6 I wish the deliverance 21 of Israel would come from Zion!
When God restores the well-being of his people, 22
may Jacob rejoice, 23
may Israel be happy! 24
54 For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a well-written song 1 by David. It was written when the Ziphites came and informed Saul: “David is hiding with us.” 2
O God, deliver me by your name! 3
Vindicate me 4 by your power!
2 O God, listen to my prayer!
Pay attention to what I say! 5
3 For foreigners 6 attack me; 7
ruthless men, who do not respect God, seek my life. 8 (Selah)
4 Look, God is my deliverer! 9
The Lord is among those who support me. 10
5 May those who wait to ambush me 11 be repaid for their evil! 12
As a demonstration of your faithfulness, 13 destroy them!
6 With a freewill offering I will sacrifice 14 to you!
I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good!
7 Surely 15 he rescues me from all trouble, 16
and I triumph over my enemies. 17