Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? The goodness of God endureth continually.
Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness.
Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.
God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living.
The righteous also shall see, and fear and shall laugh at him:
Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for it is good before thy saints.
The language of the psalm is general enough to be applied in other situations. Generally people who are apart from God commonly boast about their abilities and their wealth. Those who are faithful to God boast only in the fact they know Him.
Razor symbolizes sharpness that could be used as a weapon. In another context a sharpened tongue is a common image for destructive speech.
Root out is the most common description of a wicked person being removed from God’s land.
The righteous are often pictured as a green tree.
All Glory to God
His humble servant Lee M Buchanan