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Psalms 52

1

[a]For the director of music. A maskilTitle: Probably a literary or musical term of David. When Doeg the Edomite had gone to Saul and told him: “David has gone to the house of Ahimelek.”

Psalms 54

1

[b]For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskilTitle: Probably a literary or musical term of David. When the Ziphites had gone to Saul and said, “Is not David hiding among us?”

Psalms 53

1

[c]For the director of music. According to mahalath.Title: Probably a musical term A maskilTitle: Probably a literary or musical term of David.

Psalms 52

1

Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
Why do you boast all day long,
you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?

2 You who practice deceit,
your tongue plots destruction;
it is like a sharpened razor.

3 You love evil rather than good,
falsehood rather than speaking the truth.[d]

4 You love every harmful word,
you deceitful tongue!

4

Psalms 54

1

Save me, O God, by your name;
vindicate me by your might.

2 Hear my prayer, O God;
listen to the words of my mouth.

2

3

Arrogant foes are attacking me;
ruthless people are trying to kill me—
people without regard for God.[e]

3

Psalms 52

5

Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent;
he will uproot you from the land of the living.

6 The righteous will see and fear;
they will laugh at you, saying,

7 “Here now is the man
who did not make God his stronghold
but trusted in his great wealth
and grew strong by destroying others!”

7

Psalms 53

1

The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;
there is no one who does good.

1

Psalms 51

6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

6

7

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.

9

Psalms 53

2

God looks down from heaven
on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.

3 Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.

3

Psalms 52

8

But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.

9 For what you have done I will always praise you
in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name,
for your name is good.

9

Psalms 54

4

Surely God is my help;
the Lord is the one who sustains me.

4

5

Let evil recoil on those who slander me;
in your faithfulness destroy them.

5

Psalms 51

10

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

12

13

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.

14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.

16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

17 My sacrifice, O God, is[f] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.

17

Psalms 53

4

Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
they never call on God.

5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
where there was nothing to dread.
God scattered the bones of those who attacked you;
you put them to shame, for God despised them.

5

Psalms 54

6

I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;
I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.

7 You have delivered me from all my troubles,
and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.

7

Psalms 53

6

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When God restores his people,
let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

6

Psalms 51

18

May it please you to prosper Zion,
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

19

Footnotes:

a. Psalms 52:1 In Hebrew texts 52:1-9 is numbered 52:3-11.
b. Psalms 54:1 In Hebrew texts 54:1-7 is numbered 54:3-9.
c. Psalms 53:1 In Hebrew texts 53:1-6 is numbered 53:2-7.
d. Psalms 52:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 5.
e. Psalms 54:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
f. Psalms 51:17 Or The sacrifices of God are
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