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Psalms 52:6

    Psalms 52:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The righteous also shall see it , and fear, And shall laugh at him,'saying ,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The upright will see it with fear, and will say, laughing at you:

    Webster's Revision

    The righteous also shall see it , and fear, And shall laugh at him,'saying ,

    World English Bible

    The righteous also will see it, and fear, and laugh at him, saying,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The righteous also shall see it, and fear, and shall laugh at him, saying,

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 52:6

    The righteous also shall see, and fear - The thing shall be done in the sight of the saints; they shall see God's judgments on the workers of iniquity; and they shall fear a God so holy and just, and feel the necessity of being doubly on their guard lest they fall into the same condemnation. But instead of וייראו veyirau, "and they shall fear," three of Kennicott's and De Rossi's MSS., with the Syriac, have וישמחו veyismachu, "and shall rejoice;" and, from the following words, "and shall laugh at him," this appears to be the true reading, for laughing may be either the consequence or accompaniment of rejoicing.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 52:6

    The righteous also shaIl see - See the notes at Psalm 37:34.

    And fear - The effect of such a judgment will be to produce reverence in the minds of good people - a solemn sense of the justice of God; to make them tremble at such fearful judgments; and to fear lest they should violate the law, and bring judgment on themselves.

    And shall laugh at him - Compare the notes at Psalm 2:4. See also Psalm 58:10; Psalm 64:9-10; Proverbs 1:26. The idea here is not exultation in the "sufferings" of others, or joy that "calamity" has come upon them, or the gratification of selfish and revengeful feeling that an enemy is deservedly punished; it is that of approbation that punishment has come upon those who deserve it, and joy that wickedness is not allowed to triumph. It is not wrong for us to feel a sense of approbation and joy that the laws are maintained, and that justice is done, even though this does involve suffering, for we know that the guilty deserve it, and it is better that they should suffer than that the righteous should sutter through them. All this may be entirely free from any malignant, or any revengeful feeling. It may even be connected with the deepest pity, and with the purest benevolence toward the sufferers themselves.