Psalm 52:3
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New International Version
You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth.

New Living Translation
You love evil more than good and lies more than truth. Interlude

English Standard Version
You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah

New American Standard Bible
You love evil more than good, Falsehood more than speaking what is right. Selah.

King James Bible
Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You love evil instead of good, lying instead of speaking truthfully. Selah

International Standard Version
You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking uprightly. Interlude

NET Bible
You love evil more than good, lies more than speaking the truth. (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
You love evil more than good, lying rather than speaking the truth. Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You have loved evil more than good, and lying more than speaking righteousness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You prefer evil to good. You prefer lying to speaking the truth. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou lovest evil more than good; Falsehood rather than speaking righteousness. Selah

New American Standard 1977
You love evil more than good,
            Falsehood more than speaking what is right. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou dost love evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
You love evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

American King James Version
You love evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

American Standard Version
Thou lovest evil more than good, And lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou hast loved malice more than goodness: and iniquity rather than to speak righteousness.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou hast loved evil rather than good, lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

English Revised Version
Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

World English Bible
You love evil more than good, lying rather than speaking the truth. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast loved evil rather than good, Lying, than speaking righteousness. Selah.
Study Bible
Why Do You Boast of Mischief?
2Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit. 3You love evil more than good, Falsehood more than speaking what is right. Selah. 4You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.…
Cross References
Psalm 5:9
There is nothing reliable in what they say; Their inward part is destruction itself. Their throat is an open grave; They flatter with their tongue.

Psalm 36:4
He plans wickedness upon his bed; He sets himself on a path that is not good; He does not despise evil.

Psalm 58:3
The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth.

Proverbs 21:10
The soul of the wicked desires evil; His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.

Jeremiah 9:5
"Everyone deceives his neighbor And does not speak the truth, They have taught their tongue to speak lies; They weary themselves committing iniquity.
Treasury of Scripture

You love evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

lovest

Jeremiah 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are silly …

Micah 3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from …

Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served …

2 Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

lying

Psalm 62:4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight …

Jeremiah 9:3-5,8 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are …

John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you …

Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, …

Verse 3. - Thou lovest evil more than good. To "love evil" is to have reached the lowest depth of depravity. It is to say, with Milton's Satan, "Evil, be thou my good!" And lying rather than to speak righteousness (see the comment on ver. 2). Doeg's crimes seem to have arisen out of a mere love of evil. Thou lovest evil more than good,.... Indeed not good at all; such comparatives being strong negatives; see Psalm 118:8; a wicked man loves evil, and nothing else; his carnal mind being enmity to all that is good

and lying rather than to speak righteousness; as appears by his affirming that Ahimelech inquired of the Lord for David, when he did not, 1 Samuel 22:10; and by suffering some things to pass for truths which were falsehoods, when it lay in his power to have disproved them: and such a lover of lies is antichrist; see 1 Timothy 4:2.

Selah; on this word; see Gill on Psalm 3:2. The Targum renders the word "Selah" here "for ever", as in Psalm 52:5. 52:1-5 Those that glory in sin, glory in their shame. The patience and forbearance of God are abused by sinners, to the hardening of their hearts in their wicked ways. But the enemies in vain boast in their mischief, while we have God's mercy to trust in. It will not save us from the guilt of lying, to be able to say, there was some truth in what we said, if we make it appear otherwise than it was. The more there is of craft and contrivance in any wickedness, the more there is of Satan in it. When good men die, they are transplanted from the land of the living on earth, to heaven, the garden of the Lord, where they shall take root for ever; but when wicked men die, they are rooted out, to perish for ever. The believer sees that God will destroy those who make not him their strength.
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