Psalm 52:8
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New International Version
But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love for ever and ever.

New Living Translation
But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God's unfailing love.

English Standard Version
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.

New American Standard Bible
But 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.

King James Bible
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God's faithful love forever and ever.

International Standard Version
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the gracious love of God forever and ever.

NET Bible
But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I continually trust in God's loyal love.

New Heart English Bible
But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in God's house. I trust in God's loving kindness forever and ever.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I,like a glorious olive tree in the house of God, have hoped in the grace of God for eternity and to the eternity of eternities.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But I am like a large olive tree in God's house. I trust the mercy of God forever and ever.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But as for me, I am like a leafy olive-tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

New American Standard 1977
But 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the eternal mercy of God for ever.

King James 2000 Bible
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.

American King James Version
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

American Standard Version
But as for me, I am like a green olive-tree in the house of God: I trust in the lovingkindness of God for ever and ever.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I, as a fruitful olive tree in the house of God, have hoped in the mercy of God for ever, yea for ever and ever.

Darby Bible Translation
But as for me, I am like a green olive-tree in the house of God: I will confide in the loving-kindness of God for ever and ever.

English Revised Version
But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

Webster's Bible Translation
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

World English Bible
But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in God's house. I trust in God's loving kindness forever and ever.

Young's Literal Translation
And I, as a green olive in the house of God, I have trusted in the kindness of God, To the age and for ever,
Study Bible
Why Do You Boast of Mischief?
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. 9I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it, And I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.…
Cross References
Revelation 11:4
These witnesses are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.

Psalm 13:5
But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.

Psalm 31:6
I hate those who regard vain idols, But I trust in the LORD.

Psalm 52:1
For the choir director. A Maskil of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul and said to him, "David has come to the house of Ahimelech." Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The lovingkindness of God endures all day long.

Psalm 62:8
Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Psalm 92:12
The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

Psalm 128:3
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine Within your house, Your children like olive plants Around your table.

Jeremiah 11:16
The LORD called your name, "A green olive tree, beautiful in fruit and form"; With the noise of a great tumult He has kindled fire on it, And its branches are worthless.
Treasury of Scripture

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

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Psalm 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that …

Psalm 92:12-14 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like …

Jeremiah 11:16 The LORD called your name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly …

Hosea 14:6-8 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, …

Romans 11:24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, …

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Psalm 13:5 But I have trusted in your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

Psalm 33:18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on them that fear him, on them that …

Psalm 147:11 The LORD takes pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

(8) But I am like.--The flourishing olive alternates with the vine, in Hebrew poetry, as an emblem of prosperous Israel. (See Jeremiah 11:16; Hosea 14:6.) The epithet "green" hardly refers to the colour so much as the "vigour" of the tree, for the foliage of "wan grey olive wood" cannot be called verdant. But though the olive is scarcely, to our Western eyes, a beautiful tree, "to the Oriental the coolness of the pale-blue foliage, its evergreen freshness, spread like a silver sea along the slopes of the hills, speaks of peace and plenty, food and gladness" (Tristram, Nat. Hist. of the Bible, p. 374).

In the house of God.--Here and in the more elaborate simile (Psalm 92:13) the situation, "in the house of God," is added to show that the prophecy has come of religious trust. It is quite possible that trees were actually planted in the precincts of the Temple, as they are in the Haram area now, so that the rendering, "near the house of God," would express a literal fact. Or the whole may be figurative, as in the verse, "like the olive branches round about Thy table."

Verse 8. - But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. In conclusion, the psalmist contrasts his own condition, as one of God's people, with that of Doeg, which he had described in vers. 7-9. Doeg is about to be "plucked up" and "rooted out of the land of the living" (ver. 5); he is like a flourishing green olive tree planted in the sanctuary, or "house of God." Doeg is entirely without any trust in the Almighty (ver. 7); he declares of himself, I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever. It is questioned whether olive trees were at any time planted in the courts of either the tabernacle or the temple; but it certainly cannot be proved that they were not. In the courts of Egyptian temples trees were abundant (Herod., 2:138; Wilkinson, in the author's 'Herodotus,' vol. 2. p. 236), also probably in Phoenician temples (Perrot and Chipiez, ' Histoire de l'Art dans l'An-tiquite,' vol. 3. p. 322). And to this day there grow in the Hardin area at Jerusalem, on the site of the Jewish temple, a number of magnificent cypresses, olive, and lemon trees. But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God,.... Or rather it should be supplied, "I shall be" (d); since David was at this time an exile from the house of God: and this expresses his faith and confidence, that, notwithstanding his present troubles, he should be restored again, and be in a very flourishing condition, in the church of God; which is here meant by "the house of God": it being of his building, and where he dwells, and where to have a place is the great privilege of the saints; they are planted there by the Lord himself, and shall never be rooted up; they are fixed there, and shall never go out; which was David's confidence, Psalm 23:6; and where he believed he should be as "a green olive tree"; which is a very choice and fruitful tree, has fatness in it, produces an excellent oil; is beautiful to look at; delights in hot climates and sunny places; is found on mountains, we read of the mount of Olives; is ever green and durable, and its leaves and branches are symbols of peace: all which is applicable to truly righteous persons and believers in Christ; who are the excellent of the earth, are filled with the fruits of righteousness; are fat and flourishing; have the oil of grace, the anointing which teacheth all things; are a perfection of beauty, made perfectly comely through Christ's comeliness; thrive under him, the sun of righteousness; grow in the mountain of the Lord's house, the church: their grace is incorruptible, their leaf withers not; they are rooted in Christ, and ever continue; they are the sons of peace, and their last end will be eternal peace. Now as such David was assured he should be, when his enemy would be rooted up out of the land of the living, and cast like a dry and worthless branch into everlasting burnings; the ground of which confidence follows:

I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever; the mercy of God is not only an encouragement to trust, but the object of it; not the absolute mercy of God, but the grace and goodness of God in Christ Jesus, which endures continually, Psalm 52:1; and so does hope in it, which never makes ashamed, but abides to the end. The psalmist seems to have respect to the mercy promised him, that he should sit upon the throne. This he believed, and therefore was assured he should be in the flourishing circumstances in the house of God before mentioned.

(d) "Ero", Piscator, Cocceius, Gejerus. 8. The figure used is common (Ps 1:3; Jer 11:16).

green—fresh.

house, etc.—in communion with God (compare Ps 27:4, 5).

for ever and ever—qualifies "mercy."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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