Psalm 52:7
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New International Version
"Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!"

New Living Translation
"Look what happens to mighty warriors who do not trust in God. They trust their wealth instead and grow more and more bold in their wickedness."

English Standard Version
“See the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches and sought refuge in his own destruction!”

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, the man who would not make God his refuge, But trusted in the abundance of his riches And was strong in his evil desire."

King James Bible
Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Here is the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, taking refuge in his destructive behavior."

International Standard Version
"Look, here is a young man who refused to make God his strength; instead, he trusted in his great wealth and made his wickedness his strength.

NET Bible
"Look, here is the man who would not make God his protector! He trusted in his great wealth and was confident about his plans to destroy others."

New Heart English Bible
"Look, this is the man who did not make God his strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And we shall say, “This is the man who did not make God his trust but trusted upon the multitude of his wealth and is lifted up by his possessions.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Look at this person who refused to make God his fortress! Instead, he trusted his great wealth and became strong through his greed."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Lo, this is the man that made not God his stronghold; But trusted in the abundance of his riches, And strengthened himself in his wickedness.'

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, the man who would not make God his refuge,
            But trusted in the abundance of his riches,
            And was strong in his evil desire.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, this is the man that did not make God his strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

King James 2000 Bible
Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

American King James Version
See, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

American Standard Version
Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength, But trusted in the abundance of his riches, And strengthened himself in his wickedness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold the man that made not God his helper: But trusted in the abundance of his riches: and prevailed in his vanity.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold the man that made not God his strength, but put confidence in the abundance of his riches, [and] strengthened himself in his avarice.

English Revised Version
Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

Webster's Bible Translation
Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

World English Bible
"Behold, this is the man who didn't make God his strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness."

Young's Literal Translation
'Lo, the man who maketh not God his strong place, And trusteth in the abundance of his riches, He is strong in his mischiefs.'
Study Bible
Why Do You Boast of Mischief?
6The righteous will see and fear, And will laugh at him, saying, 7"Behold, the man who would not make God his refuge, But trusted in the abundance of his riches And was strong in his evil desire." 8But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.…
Cross References
Psalm 10:5
His ways prosper at all times; Your judgments are on high, out of his sight; As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.

Psalm 10:6
He says to himself, "I will not be moved; Throughout all generations I will not be in adversity."

Psalm 49:6
Even those who trust in their wealth And boast in the abundance of their riches?

Psalm 62:10
Do not trust in oppression And do not vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.

Psalm 73:12
Behold, these are the wicked; And always at ease, they have increased in wealth.

Proverbs 10:15
The rich man's wealth is his fortress, The ruin of the poor is their poverty.

Isaiah 47:10
"You felt secure in your wickedness and said, 'No one sees me,' Your wisdom and your knowledge, they have deluded you; For you have said in your heart, 'I am, and there is no one besides me.'

Jeremiah 8:12
"Were they ashamed because of the abomination they had done? They certainly were not ashamed, And they did not know how to blush; Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; At the time of their punishment they shall be brought down," Says the LORD.

Jeremiah 48:7
"For because of your trust in your own achievements and treasures, Even you yourself will be captured; And Chemosh will go off into exile Together with his priests and his princes.

Ezekiel 28:5
"By your great wisdom, by your trade You have increased your riches And your heart is lifted up because of your riches--
Treasury of Scripture

See, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

Lo

Isaiah 14:16,17 They that see you shall narrowly look on you, and consider you, saying, …

John 19:5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple …

made

Psalm 146:3-5 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there …

Jeremiah 17:5 Thus said the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes …

trusted

Psalm 49:6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude …

Psalm 62:9,10 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a …

Job 31:24,25 If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, You are …

1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, …

strengthened

Psalm 73:7,11,18-20 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish…

Ecclesiastes 8:8 There is no man that has power over the spirit to retain the spirit; …

Hosea 12:7,8 He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loves to oppress…

wickedness. or, substance

Verse 7. - Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength. The root of Doeg's wickedness was want of trust in God, and consequent alienation from him. But trusted in the abundance of his riches. This led on to an excessive trust in riches, and greediness of gain. To obtain wealth he became Saul's unscrupulous tool, the willing instrument of his cruelty. No doubt Saul richly rewarded him. And strengthened himself in his wickedness; or, in his substance (Cheyne). Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength,.... The Targum renders it, "that made not the Word of the Lord his strength". These are the words the righteous would say, when they should see the destruction of Doeg: see the man, the mighty man, and his end; what all his ill gotten honour and riches are come to; and what his wickedness, deceit, and cruelty, have brought upon him. The righteous make the Lord their strength, put their trust in him, in whom is everlasting strength; do all they do in his strength; fly to him as their "strong hold", as the word (b) may be rendered; thither they run, and are safe: but the rich man's wealth is his strong city, Proverbs 18:10; there he thinks himself safe, and places his confidence in it, as follows:

but trusted in the abundance of his riches; See Gill on Psalm 49:6; so the antichristian whore is represented as boasting of her riches and honour, and trusting in them, that they would always continue, Revelation 18:7; like the fool in Luke 12:19;

and strengthened himself in his wickedness; encouraged and hardened himself in sin, gave up himself to it; and, by art obstinate continuance in it, strengthened the vicious habits contracted; stretched out his hand against God, and strengthened himself against the Almighty; went on in a daring manner, promising himself impunity; and as if his wickedness was his strength, his safeguard and protection: or in his mammon, his wealth and substance; as the Targum interprets it; and so R. Saadiah Gaon (c), and with which the Syriac version agrees; and then the sense is the same with the other clause. But, alas! what are all such forces of strength, when wrath comes forth from the Lord of hosts? Job 36:18.

(b) "arcem suam", Cocceius; "presidium, munimemtum", Michaelis. (c) Apud Kimchi in loc. 7. for trusting in riches and being strong in "wickedness."

wickedness—literally, "mischief" (Ps 52:2), instead of trusting in God.

the man—literally, "the mighty man," or "hero" (Ps 52:1).52:6-9 Those wretchedly deceive themselves, who think to support themselves in power and wealth without God. The wicked man trusted in the abundance of his riches; he thought his wickedness would help him to keep his wealth. Right or wrong, he would get what he could, and keep what he had, and ruin any one that stood in his way; this he thought would strengthen him; but see what it comes to! Those who by faith and love dwell in the house of God, shall be like green olive-trees there. And that we may be as green olive-trees, we must live a life of faith and holy confidence in God and his grace. It adds much to the beauty of our profession, and to fruitfulness in every grace, to be much in praising God; and we never can want matter for praise. His name alone can be our refuge and strong tower. It is very good for us to wait on that saving name; there is nothing better to calm and quiet our spirits, when disturbed, and to keep us in the way of duty, when tempted to use any crooked courses for our relief, than to hope, and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord. None ever followed his guidance but it ended well.
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