Psalm 52:1
New International Version
For the director of music. A maskil of David. When Doeg the Edomite had gone to Saul and told him: "David has gone to the house of Ahimelek." Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?

New Living Translation
For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Doeg the Edomite said to Saul, "David has gone to see Ahimelech." Why do you boast about your crimes, great warrior? Don't you realize God's justice continues forever?

English Standard Version
Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day.

Berean Study Bible
For the choirmaster. A Maskil of David. After Doeg the Edomite went to Saul and told him, “David has gone to the house of Ahimelech.” Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The loving devotion of God endures all day long.

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
To the chief Musician, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech. Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.

Christian Standard Bible
Why boast about evil, you hero! God's faithful love is constant.

Contemporary English Version
You people may be strong and brag about your sins, but God can be trusted day after day.

Good News Translation
Why do you boast, great one, of your evil? God's faithfulness is eternal.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the choir director. A Davidic Maskil. When Doeg the Edomite went and reported to Saul, telling him, "David went to Ahimelech's house." Why brag about evil, you hero! God's faithful love is constant.

International Standard Version
Why do you make evil the foundation of your boasting, mighty one? God's gracious love never ceases.

NET Bible
For the music director; a well-written song by David. It was written when Doeg the Edomite went and informed Saul: "David has arrived at the home of Ahimelech." Why do you boast about your evil plans, O powerful man? God's loyal love protects me all day long!

New Heart English Bible
[For the Chief Musician. A contemplation by David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, "David has come to Abimelech's house."] Why do you boast of mischief, mighty man? God's loving kindness endures continually.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Why do you boast in evil, oh, mighty man, and against the innocent every day?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[For the choir director; a [maskil]; a psalm by David when Doeg (who was from Edom) told Saul that David had come to Ahimelech's home.] Why do you brag about the evil you've done, you hero? The mercy of God lasts all day long!

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the Leader. Maschil of David; when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him: 'David is come to the house of Ahimelech.' Why boastest thou thyself of evil, O mighty man? The mercy of God endureth continually.

New American Standard 1977
Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The lovingkindness of God endures all day long.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Why dost thou boast of evil, O strong man? The mercy of God is day by day.

King James 2000 Bible
Why boast you yourself in evil, O mighty man? the goodness of God endures continually.

American King James Version
Why boast you yourself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endures continually.

American Standard Version
Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? The lovingkindness of God endureth continually.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For the end, a Psalm of instruction by David, when Doec the Idumean came and told Saul, and said to him, David is gone to the house of Abimelech. Why dost thou, O mighty man, boast of iniquity in thy mischief? All the day

Douay-Rheims Bible
Unto the end, understanding for David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul David went to the house of Achimelech Why dost thou glory in malice, thou that art mighty in iniquity?

Darby Bible Translation
{To the chief Musician: an instruction. Of David; when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David came to the house of Ahimelech.} Why boastest thou thyself in evil, thou mighty man? The loving-kindness of God [abideth] continually.

English Revised Version
For the Chief Musician. Maschil of David: when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech. Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the mercy of God endureth continually.

Webster's Bible Translation
To the chief Musician, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said to him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech. Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.

World English Bible
Why do you boast of mischief, mighty man? God's loving kindness endures continually.

Young's Literal Translation
To the Overseer. -- An instruction, by David, in the coming in of Doeg the Edomite, and he declareth to Saul, and saith to him, 'David came in unto the house of Ahimelech.' What, boasteth thou in evil, O mighty one? The kindness of God is all the day.
Study Bible
Why Do You Boast of Evil?
1For the choirmaster. A Maskil of David. After Doeg the Edomite went to Saul and told him, “David has gone to the house of Ahimelech.” Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The loving devotion of God endures all day long. 2Your tongue devises destruction like a sharpened razor, O worker of deceit.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 21:7
Now one of Saul's servants was there that day, detained before the LORD. And his name was Doeg the Edomite, the chief shepherd for Saul.

1 Samuel 22:9
But Doeg the Edomite, who had stationed himself with Saul's servants, answered: "I saw the son of Jesse come to Ahimelech son of Ahitub at Nob.

Psalm 52:8
But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in the loving devotion of God forever and ever.

Psalm 94:4
They pour out arrogant words; all workers of iniquity boast.

Jeremiah 8:12
Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all, not even enough to blush. Therefore they will fall among the fallen. When I punish them, they will collapse, says the LORD.

Jeremiah 37:14
"That is a lie," Jeremiah replied. "I am not deserting to the Chaldeans!" But Irijah would not listen to him; instead, he arrested Jeremiah and took him to the officials.

Daniel 11:27
And the two kings, with their hearts bent on evil, will speak lies at the same table, but to no avail, for still the end will come at the appointed time.

Treasury of Scripture

Why boast you yourself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endures continually.

A.

Psalm 54:3
For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

1 Samuel 21:7
Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the LORD; and his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul.

1 Samuel 22:9-19
Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which was set over the servants of Saul, and said, I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub…

told

Psalm 59:7
Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?

Jeremiah 9:8
Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth, but in heart he layeth his wait.

Exodus 22:9
For all manner of trespass, whether it be for ox, for ass, for sheep, for raiment, or for any manner of lost thing, which another challengeth to be his, the cause of both parties shall come before the judges; and whom the judges shall condemn, he shall pay double unto his neighbour.

boastest

Psalm 10:2,3
The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined…

Psalm 94:4
How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?

Romans 1:30
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

mischief

Psalm 7:14
Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

Psalm 10:7
His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.

Psalm 36:3-6
The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good…

O mighty

Genesis 6:4,5
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown…

Genesis 10:8,9
And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth…

1 Samuel 21:7
Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the LORD; and his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul.







Lexicon
For the choirmaster.
לַמְנַצֵּ֗חַ (lam·naṣ·ṣê·aḥ)
Preposition-l, Article | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5329: To glitter from afar, to be eminent, to be permanent

A Maskil
מַשְׂכִּ֥יל (maś·kîl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4905: Instructive, a didactic poem

of David.
לְדָוִֽד׃ (lə·ḏā·wiḏ)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

After Doeg
דּוֹאֵ֣ג (dō·w·’êḡ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1673: Doeg -- an Edomite

the Edomite
הָאֲדֹמִי֮ (hā·’ă·ḏō·mî)
Article | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 130: Edomite -- a descendant of Edom

went
בְּב֤וֹא ׀ (bə·ḇō·w)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

to Saul
לְשָׁ֫א֥וּל (lə·šā·’ūl)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7586: Saul -- first king of Israel, also an Edomite and two Israelites

and told
וַיַּגֵּ֪ד (way·yag·gêḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5046: To be conspicuous

him,
ל֑וֹ (lōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

“David
דָ֝וִ֗ד (ḏā·wiḏ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

has gone
בָּ֥א (bā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

the house
בֵּ֥ית (bêṯ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

of Ahimelech.”
אֲחִימֶֽלֶךְ׃ (’ă·ḥî·me·leḵ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 288: Ahimelech -- 'brother of a king', an Israelite name, also a Hittite name

Why
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

do you boast
תִּתְהַלֵּ֣ל (tiṯ·hal·lêl)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1984: To shine

of evil,
בְּ֭רָעָה (bə·rā·‘āh)
Preposition-b | Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

O mighty man?
הַגִּבּ֑וֹר (hag·gib·bō·wr)
Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1368: Powerful, warrior, tyrant

The loving devotion
חֶ֥סֶד (ḥe·seḏ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2617: Kindness, piety, reproof, beauty

of God
אֵ֝֗ל (’êl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 410: Strength -- as adjective, mighty, the Almighty

[endures] all
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

day long.
הַיּֽוֹם׃ (hay·yō·wm)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day
(1) Mighty man.--Better, hero, used sarcastically. LXX. and Vulg., "a mighty one at mischief." (Comp. Isaiah 5:22 : "a hero at drinking.") The order of the Hebrew is, however, against this, and in favour of the English, why dost thou exult in wickedness, O hero, i.e., perhaps, not only his own, but in the wickedness the people are led into by his means. This seems necessitated by the next clause. In spite of man's folly and sin, God's covenant favour endures all the day long.

Verse 1. - Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? Doeg was "the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul" (1 Samuel 21:7), or, according to another passage (1 Samuel 22:9), "set over the servants of Saul." The position would be a high one, and would imply the possession of much physical strength. A sense of tyranny or extreme arrogance seems to attach to the word translated "mighty one" (gibber); see Genesis 6:4; Genesis 10:8. The word translated "mischief" implies something worse. In Psalm 6:9 it is rendered "wickedness," and is thought to mean, in the Psalms generally, "ruinous, unfathomable evil - destructive malignity" (Canon Cook). The goodness of God endureth continually. Why not follow the Divine pattern, instead of setting thyself in direct antagonism to it? Canst thou expect to prosper when thou art thus opposed to the Almighty? 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.
Jump to Previous
Abimelech's Ahimelech Boast Boastest Chief Choirmaster Contemplation Continually David Director Doeg Edomite Endures Endureth Evil Godly God's Goodness House Kindness Loving Maschil Maskil Mighty Mischief Musician Saul Thyself
Jump to Next
Abimelech's Ahimelech Boast Boastest Chief Choirmaster Contemplation Continually David Director Doeg Edomite Endures Endureth Evil Godly God's Goodness House Kindness Loving Maschil Maskil Mighty Mischief Musician Saul Thyself
Links
Psalm 52:1 NIV
Psalm 52:1 NLT
Psalm 52:1 ESV
Psalm 52:1 NASB
Psalm 52:1 KJV

Psalm 52:1 Bible Apps
Psalm 52:1 Biblia Paralela
Psalm 52:1 Chinese Bible
Psalm 52:1 French Bible
Psalm 52:1 German Bible

Alphabetical: A Ahimelech all and are boast David day director disgrace do Doeg Edomite endures evil eyes For God gone had has him house in long lovingkindness man maskil mighty music O of Saul the to told When who Why you

OT Poetry: Psalm 52:1 For the Chief Musician (Psalm Ps Psa.) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
Psalm 51:19
Top of Page
Top of Page