Psalm 52:3
New International Version
You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth.

New Living Translation
You love evil more than good and lies more than truth. Interlude

English Standard Version
You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah

Berean Study Bible
You love evil more than good, falsehood more than speaking the truth. Selah

New American Standard Bible
You love evil more than good, Falsehood more than speaking what is right. Selah.

King James Bible
Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

Christian Standard Bible
You love evil instead of good, lying instead of speaking truthfully. Selah

Contemporary English Version
You would rather do evil than good, and tell lies than speak the truth.

Good News Translation
You love evil more than good and falsehood more than truth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You love evil instead of good, lying instead of speaking truthfully. Selah

International Standard Version
You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking uprightly. Interlude

NET Bible
You love evil more than good, lies more than speaking the truth. (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
You love evil more than good, lying rather than speaking the truth. Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You have loved evil more than good, and lying more than speaking righteousness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You prefer evil to good. You prefer lying to speaking the truth. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou lovest evil more than good; Falsehood rather than speaking righteousness. Selah

New American Standard 1977
You love evil more than good, Falsehood more than speaking what is right. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou dost love evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
You love evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

American King James Version
You love evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

American Standard Version
Thou lovest evil more than good, And lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thou hast loved wickedness more than goodness; unrighteousness better than to speak righteousness. Pause.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou hast loved malice more than goodness: and iniquity rather than to speak righteousness.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou hast loved evil rather than good, lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

English Revised Version
Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

World English Bible
You love evil more than good, lying rather than speaking the truth. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast loved evil rather than good, Lying, than speaking righteousness. Selah.
Study Bible
Why Do You Boast of Evil?
2Your tongue devises destruction like a sharpened razor, O worker of deceit. 3You love evil more than good, falsehood more than speaking the truth. Selah 4You love every word that devours, O deceitful tongue.…
Cross References
Psalm 5:9
For not a word they speak can be trusted; destruction is within them. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice flattery.

Psalm 36:4
Even on his bed he plots wickedness; he sets himself on a path that is not good; he does not reject evil.

Psalm 58:3
The wicked are estranged from the womb; the liars go astray from birth.

Proverbs 21:10
The soul of the wicked craves evil; his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.

Jeremiah 9:5
Each one betrays his friend; no one tells the truth. They have taught their tongues to lie; they wear themselves out committing iniquity.

Treasury of Scripture

You love evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

lovest

Jeremiah 4:22
For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

Micah 3:2
Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

Romans 1:25
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

lying

Psalm 62:4
They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.

Jeremiah 9:3-5,8
And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD…

John 8:44
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.







Lexicon
You love
אָהַ֣בְתָּ (’ā·haḇ·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 157: To have affection f

evil
רָּ֣ע (rā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

more than good,
מִטּ֑וֹב (miṭ·ṭō·wḇ)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

falsehood
שֶׁ֓קֶר ׀ (še·qer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8267: Deception, disappointment, falsehood

more than speaking
מִדַּבֵּ֖ר (mid·dab·bêr)
Preposition-m | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

the truth.
צֶ֣דֶק (ṣe·ḏeq)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6664: The right, equity, prosperity

Selah
סֶֽלָה׃ (se·lāh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 5542: Suspension, pause
Verse 3. - Thou lovest evil more than good. To "love evil" is to have reached the lowest depth of depravity. It is to say, with Milton's Satan, "Evil, be thou my good!" And lying rather than to speak righteousness (see the comment on ver. 2). Doeg's crimes seem to have arisen out of a mere love of evil. 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.
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