Psalm 52:8
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English Standard Version
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.

King James Bible
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

American Standard Version
But as for me, I am like a green olive-tree in the house of God: I trust in the lovingkindness of God for ever and ever.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I, as a fruitful olive tree in the house of God, have hoped in the mercy of God for ever, yea for ever and ever.

English Revised Version
But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

Webster's Bible Translation
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

It is bad enough to behave wickedly, but bad in the extreme to boast of it at the same time as an heroic act. Doeg, who causes a massacre, not, however, by the strength of his hand, but by the cunning of his tongue, does this. Hence he is sarcastically called גּבּור (cf. Isaiah 5:22). David's cause, however, is not therefore lost; for it is the cause of God, whose loving-kindness endures continually, without allowing itself to be affected, like the favour of men, by calumny. Concerning הוּות vid., on Psalm 5:10. לשׁון is as usual treated as fem; עשׂה רמיּה (according to the Masora with Tsere) is consequently addressed to a person. In Psalm 52:5 רע after אהבתּ has the Dagesh that is usual also in other instances according to the rule of the אתי מרחיק, especially in connection with the letters כפתבגד (with which Resh is associated in the Book of Jezira, Michlol 96b, cf. 63b).

(Note: אתי מרחיק is the name by which the national grammarians designate a group of two words, of which the first, ending with Kametz or Segol, has the accent on the penult., and of which the second is a monosyllable, or likewise is accented on the penult. The initial consonant of the second word in this case receives a Dagesh, in order that it may not, in consequence of the first ictus of the group of words "coming out of the distance," i.e., being far removed, be too feebly and indistinctly uttered. This dageshing, however, only takes place when the first word is already of itself Milel, or at least, as e.g., מצאה בּית, had a half-accented penult., and not when it is from the very first Milra and is only become Milel by means of the retreating of the accent, as עשׂה פלא, Psalm 78:12, cf. Deuteronomy 24:1. The penultima-accent has a greater lengthening force in the former case than in the latter; the following syllables are therefore uttered more rapidly in the first case, and the Dagesh is intended to guard against the third syllable being too hastily combined with the second. Concerning the rule, vid., Baer's Thorath Emeth, p. 29f.)

The מן or מטּוב and מדּבּר is not meant to affirm that he loves good, etc., less than evil, etc., but that he does not love it at all (cf. Psalm 118:8., Habakkuk 2:16). The music which comes in after Psalm 52:5 has to continue the accusations con amarezza without words. Then in Psalm 52:6 the singing again takes them up, by addressing the adversary with the words "thou tongue of deceit" (cf. Psalm 120:3), and by reproaching him with loving only such utterances as swallow up, i.e., destroy without leaving a trace behind (בּלע, pausal form of בלע, like בּצע in Psalm 119:36, cf. the verb in Psalm 35:25, 2 Samuel 17:16; 2 Samuel 20:19.), his neighbour's life and honour and goods. Hupfeld takes Psalm 52:6 as a second object; but the figurative and weaker expression would then follow the unfigurative and stronger one, and "to love a deceitful tongue" might be said with reference to this character of tongue as belonging to another person, not with reference to his own.

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Psalm 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither...

Psalm 92:12-14 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon...

Jeremiah 11:16 The LORD called your name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he has kindled fire on it...

Hosea 14:6-8 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon...

Romans 11:24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree...

I trust

Psalm 13:5 But I have trusted in your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

Psalm 33:18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on them that fear him, on them that hope in his mercy;

Psalm 147:11 The LORD takes pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

Cross References
Revelation 11:4
These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.

Psalm 13:5
But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

Psalm 31:6
I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the LORD.

Psalm 52:1
Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day.

Psalm 62:8
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

Psalm 92:12
The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

Psalm 128:3
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.

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