1 Why, you that are powerful, do you boast all the day long:
of mischief done to those that are faithful to God?
2 You contrive destroying slanders:
your tongue is like a sharpened razor,
it cuts deceitfully.
3 You have loved evil, and not good:
to tell lies, rather than to speak the truth.
4 You love all words that may do hurt:
and every deceit of the tongue.
5 But God will destroy you utterly:
he will snatch you away
and pluck you out of your dwelling,
he will uproot you from the land of the living.
6 The righteous shall see it, and fear:
they shall laugh you to scorn, and say,
7 ‘Here is one who did not take God for strength:
but trusted to the abundance of riches,
and found strength in slander.’
8 As for me, I am like a green olive tree
in the house of God:
I will trust in the goodness of God for ever and ever.
9 I will always give you thanks, for this was your doing:
I will glorify your name before the faithful,
for it is good to praise you.