Tehillim / Psalms 52, Part 1, David’s Psalm, the Eye of the Needle, a Rabbinic Context


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This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 52:1-9, the psalm opens saying, א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ מַשְֹכִּיל לְדָוִד: ב  בְּבוֹא | דּוֹאֵג הָאֲדֹמִי וַיַּגֵּד לְשָׁאוּל וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ בָּא דָוִד אֶל-בֵּית אֲחִימֶלֶךְ:  For the director of music. A maskil of David. When Doeg the Edomite had gone to Saul and told him: “David has gone to the house of Ahimelech.” (NASB)  Who is Doeg?  Why did David need to flee from Saul?  Whose house is the house of Ahimelech?  In the history of David’s life we learn about the mercy of God to preserve his people, and more specifically, to preserve David’s life.  He continues saying, ג  מַה-תִּתְהַלֵּל בְּרָעָה הַגִּבּוֹר חֶסֶד אֵל כָּל-הַיּוֹם:  52:1 Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The lovingkindness of God endures all day long. (NASB)  The Hebrew text ask “why do you give praise in evil.”  The unrighteous boast about their own wickedness and they do not recognize the lovingkindness of God who takes care of His people. Read more here: Tehillim 52-Part1

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