Portions adapted by Julie Tennent from the 1650 Scottish Metrical Psalter
1Why do you boast, you mighty man, of evil all day long?
The love of God endures all day, steadfast and deep and strong.
2Your tongue plots great destruction—like a razor, it cuts deep;
3And you love evil more than good; trade truth for your deceit. Selah
4You love each harmful word, O you deceitful, wicked tongue!
5So God will surely bring you down when your false words are done.
He’ll snatch you up and tear you from your tent when ruin comes;
He also will uproot you from the land of living ones. Selah
6The righteous ones will see and fear; they’ll laugh at him and say,
7“Here is the man who would not make the Lord his strength and stay.
“His stronghold was not God; instead in wealth he put his trust;
He grew strong by destroying men and grinding them in dust.”
8But I am like an olive tree in God’s house growing sure;
I trust in God’s unfailing love, and will forevermore.
9Forever I will praise You, God, for all that You have done;
Your name is good—I’ll hope in You, amidst the godly ones.