1 Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero? ¶ Why do you boast all day long, ¶ you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
2 You who practice deceit, your tongue plots destruction; ¶ it is like a sharpened razor.
3 You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. [^1]
4 You love every harmful word, you deceitful tongue!
5 Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin: ¶ He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent; ¶ he will uproot you from the land of the living.
6 The righteous will see and fear; they will laugh at you, saying,
7 "Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold ¶ but trusted in his great wealth ¶ and grew strong by destroying others!"
8 But I am like an olive tree ¶ flourishing in the house of God; ¶ I trust in God's unfailing love ¶ for ever and ever.
9 For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. ¶ And I will hope in your name, ¶ for your name is good.