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!"

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.

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.

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.'

Psalm 52:7 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Made not God his strength - Did not make God his portion.

In the abundance of his riches - Literally, in the multiplication of his riches. He had got much, he hoped to get more, and expected that his happiness would multiply as his riches multiplied. And this is the case with most rich men.

Strengthened himself in his wickedness - Loved money instead of God; and thus his depravity, being increased, was strengthened.

Crescit amor nummi, quantum ipsa pecunia crescit.

"In proportion to the increase of wealth, so is the love of it."

Where is the religious man, in whose hands money has multiplied, who has not lost the spirit of piety in the same ratio? To prevent this, and the perdition to which it leads, there is no way but opening both hands to the poor.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Lo

Isaiah 14:16,17 They that see you shall narrowly look on you, and consider you, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble...

John 19:5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, Behold the man!

made

Psalm 146:3-5 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help...

Jeremiah 17:5 Thus said the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from the LORD.

trusted

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

Psalm 62:9,10 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance...

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

1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God...

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; neither has he power in the day of death...

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

wickedness. or, substance

Library
The Life of Mr. James Mitchel.
Mr. James Mitchel[152] was educated at the university of Edinburgh, and was, with some other of his fellow-students, made master of arts anno 1656. Mr. Robert Leighton (afterwards bishop Leighton), being then principal of that college, before the degree was conferred upon them, tendered to them the national and solemn league and covenant; which covenants, upon mature deliberation, he took, finding nothing in them but a short compend of the moral law, binding to our duty towards God and towards
John Howie—Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)

Introduction. Chapter i. --The Life and Writings of St. Hilary of Poitiers.
St. Hilary of Poitiers is one of the greatest, yet least studied, of the Fathers of the Western Church. He has suffered thus, partly from a certain obscurity in his style of writing, partly from the difficulty of the thoughts which he attempted to convey. But there are other reasons for the comparative neglect into which he has fallen. He learnt his theology, as we shall see, from Eastern authorities, and was not content to carry on and develop the traditional teaching of the West; and the disciple
St. Hilary of Poitiers—The Life and Writings of St. Hilary of Poitiers

Cross References
Psalm 10:5
His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by him; he sneers at all his enemies.

Psalm 10:6
He says to himself, "Nothing will ever shake me." He swears, "No one will ever do me harm."

Psalm 49:6
those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?

Psalm 62:10
Do not trust in extortion or put vain hope in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.

Psalm 73:12
This is what the wicked are like-- always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.

Proverbs 10:15
The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.

Isaiah 47:10
You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, 'No one sees me.' Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, 'I am, and there is none besides me.'

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