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 truth. Selah

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

New King James Version
You love evil more than good, Lying rather than speaking righteousness. Selah

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

NASB 1995
You love evil more than good, Falsehood more than speaking what is right. Selah.

NASB 1977
You love evil more than good, Falsehood more than speaking what is right. Selah.

Amplified Bible
You love evil more than good, And falsehood more than speaking what is right. Selah.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
You have loved evil rather than good, "" Lying, than speaking righteousness. Selah.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
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 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 lies within them. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.

Psalm 36:4
Even on his bed he plots wickedness; he sets himself on a path that is not good; he fails to 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 man 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.









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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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


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