Psalm 52:5
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
But God will strike you down once and for all. He will pull you from your home and uproot you from the land of the living. Interlude

English Standard Version
But God will break you down forever; he will snatch and tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah

New American Standard Bible
But God will break you down forever; He will snatch you up and tear you away from your tent, And uproot you from the land of the living. Selah.

King James Bible
God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is why God will bring you down forever. He will take you, ripping you out of your tent; He will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah

International Standard Version
But God will tear you down forever; he will take you away, even snatching you out of your tent! He will uproot you from the land of the living. Interlude

NET Bible
Yet God will make you a permanent heap of ruins. He will scoop you up and remove you from your home; he will uproot you from the land of the living. (Selah)

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of this, God will root you out and will overthrow you for eternity from your dwelling, and he will root you out of the land of the living.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But God will ruin you forever. He will grab you and drag you out of your tent. He will pull your roots out of this world of the living. [Selah]

Jubilee Bible 2000
God shall likewise cast thee down for ever; he shall cut thee off and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
God shall likewise destroy you forever, he shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place, and root you out of the land of the living. Selah.

American King James Version
God shall likewise destroy you for ever, he shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place, and root you out of the land of the living. Selah.

American Standard Version
God will likewise destroy thee for ever; He will take thee up, and pluck thee out of thy tent, And root thee out of the land of the living. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore will God destroy thee for ever: he will pluck thee out, and remove thee from thy dwelling place: and thy root out of the land of the living.

Darby Bible Translation
God shall likewise destroy thee for ever; he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of [thy] tent, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

English Revised Version
God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee up, and pluck thee out of thy tent, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling-place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

World English Bible
God will likewise destroy you forever. He will take you up, and pluck you out of your tent, and root you out of the land of the living. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Also -- God doth break thee down for ever, Taketh thee, and pulleth thee out of the tent, And He hath uprooted thee Out of the land of the living. Selah.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - God shall likewise destroy thee for ever. As thy "devouring words" have been the destruction of many, so shall God, in return, "destroy thee" (literally, pull thee down) "for ever" - destroy thee, i.e., with a complete and final destruction. He shall take thee away; rather, seize thee (Kay, Cheyne), and pluck thee out of thy dwelling-place; literally, out of thy tent (comp. Job 18:14; 1 Kings 12:16). And root thee out of the land of the living. Destroy thee, root and branch, as thou didst destroy the entire house of Ahimelech (1 Samuel 22:17-19).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

God shall likewise destroy thee for ever,.... As a just retaliation for the mischief done to others; or, "therefore God shall destroy" (z), &c. even body and soul in hell, with an everlasting destruction, which will be the case of every wicked man, and particularly of the antichristian party, Revelation 14:10; the word is used of breaking down the house in which the leprosy was, Leviticus 14:45; and denotes the utter extinction of Doeg's family, and the irrecoverable ruin of antichrist, Revelation 18:21;

he shall take thee away; as fire from the hearth, Isaiah 30:14; or as burning coals from the altar: a word from the root here used signifies a censer: and the meaning is, that as his tongue was a fire, and set on fire of hell, and he was as a burning coal, he was fit for nothing but to be cast into everlasting burnings;

and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place; "tent", or "tabernacle" (a); referring to the tents of shepherds, he being the chief of Saul's shepherds, or to some stately palace he had built for himself to dwell in, upon his advancement at court; or rather to the tabernacle of the Lord, where he had been an hypocritical worshipper; but now should be cut off from the church of God, as a rotten member, and cast out of the tabernacle of Jacob, Malachi 2:12; while David flourished as an olive tree in the house of the Lord, Psalm 52:8;

and root thee out of the land of the living. In retaliation for his rooting out Ahimelech's family, and the inhabitants of Nob; so in like manner he and his should be destroyed root and branch, and not see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, nor enjoy eternal life in the world to come.

Selah; on this word; see Gill on Psalm 3:2. The Targum renders the word "Selah" here "for ever", as in Psalm 52:3.

(z) , Sept. "propterea", V. L. "idcirco etiam", Piscator; "ideo etiam", Michaelis. (a) "de tabernaculo", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus; "e tentorio", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. likewise—or, "so," "also," as you have done to others God will do to you (Ps 18:27). The following terms describe the most entire ruin.

Psalm 52:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Why Do You Boast of Mischief?
4You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue. 5But God will break you down forever; He will snatch you up and tear you away from your tent, And uproot you from the land of the living. Selah. 6The righteous will see and fear, And will laugh at him, saying,…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 29:28
In furious anger and in great wrath the LORD uprooted them from their land and thrust them into another land, as it is now."

1 Kings 14:15
And the LORD will strike Israel, so that it will be like a reed swaying in the water. He will uproot Israel from this good land that he gave to their ancestors and scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, because they aroused the LORD's anger by making Asherah poles.

Psalm 2:9
You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery."

Psalm 5:6
you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, LORD, detest.

Psalm 27:13
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Psalm 37:34
Hope in the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.

Psalm 101:7
No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.

Psalm 143:12
In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.

Proverbs 2:22
but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.

Proverbs 12:19
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

Isaiah 22:18
He will roll you up tightly like a ball and throw you into a large country. There you will die and there the chariots you were so proud of will become a disgrace to your master's house.

Isaiah 22:19
I will depose you from your office, and you will be ousted from your position.

Jeremiah 11:19
I had been like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter; I did not realize that they had plotted against me, saying, "Let us destroy the tree and its fruit; let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name be remembered no more."

Ezekiel 32:24
"Elam is there, with all her hordes around her grave. All of them are slain, fallen by the sword. All who had spread terror in the land of the living went down uncircumcised to the earth below. They bear their shame with those who go down to the pit.
Treasury of Scripture

God shall likewise destroy you for ever, he shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place, and root you out of the land of the living. Selah.

God

Psalm 7:14-16 Behold, he travails with iniquity, and has conceived mischief, and …

Psalm 55:23 But you, O God, shall bring them down into the pit of destruction: …

Psalm 64:7-10 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded…

Psalm 120:2-4 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue…

Psalm 140:9-11 As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief …

Proverbs 12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue …

Proverbs 19:5,9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies …

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, …

destroy thee [heb.] beat thee down
pluck

Psalm 37:35,36 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like …

Job 18:14 His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall …

Job 20:6,7 Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach …

Luke 16:27,28 Then he said, I pray you therefore, father, that you would send him …

root

Proverbs 2:22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors …

the land

Psalm 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD …

Psalm 116:9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.

Isaiah 38:11 I said, I shall not see the LORD, even the LORD, in the land of the living…

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