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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 52

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The Deceitful Tongue

1For the leader. A maskilof David,

2when Doeg the Edomite went and told Saul, “David went to the house of Ahimelech.” n 1 Sm 21, 8; 22, 6ff .

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3Why do you glory in evil, you scandalous liar? All day long 4you plot destruction; your tongue is like a sharpened razor, you skillful deceiver. o Pss 12, 3; 59, 8; 120, 2–3; Sir 51, 3 . 5You love evil rather than good, lies rather than honest speech. p Jer 4, 22; Jn 3, 19–20 .   Selah 6You love any word that destroys, you deceitful tongue. q Jer 9, 4 .

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7Now God will strike you down, leave you crushed forever, Pluck you from your tent, uproot you from the land of the living. r Pss 27, 13; 28, 5; 56, 14; Jb 18, 14; Prv 2, 22; Is 38, 11 .   Selah 8The righteous will look on with awe; they will jeer and say: s Pss 44, 14; 64, 9 . 9“That one did not take God as a refuge, but trusted in great wealth, relied on devious plots.” t Jb 31, 24; Prv 11, 28 .

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10But I, like an olive tree in the house of God, u Pss 1, 3; 92, 12–14; Jer 11, 16; 17, 8 . * trust in God's faithful love forever. 11I will praise you alwaysfor what you have done.I will proclaim before the faithful v Pss 22, 23; 26, 12; 35, 18; 149, 1 . that your name is good.

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