A type of Antichrist — Insight from the Geneva Bible


Psalm 52

1599 Geneva Bible 

52  1  David describeth the arrogant tyranny of his adversary Doeg: who by false surmises cause Ahimelech with the rest of the Priests to be slain. 5 David prophesieth his destruction,  6 and encourageth the faithful to put their confidence in God, whose judgments are most sharp against his adversaries.  9 And finally, he rendereth thanks to God for his deliverance. In this Psalm is timely set forth the kingdom of Antichrist.

To him that excelleth. A Psalm of David to give instruction. When Doeg the Edomite came and showed Saul, and said to him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech.

Why boastest thou thyself in thy wickedness, O [a]man of power? the loving-kindness of God endureth daily.

Thy tongue imagineth [b]mischief, and is like a sharp razor, that cutteth deceitfully.

Thou dost love evil more than good, and lies more than to speak the [c]truth. Selah.

Thou lovest all words that may destroy: O deceitful tongue!

So shall God [d]destroy thee forever: he shall take thee and pluck thee out of thy tabernacle, and [e]root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

The [f]righteous also shall see it, [g]and fear, and shall laugh at him, saying,

Behold the man that took not God for his strength, but trusteth unto the multitude of his riches, and put his strength [h]in his malice.

But I shall be like a [I]green olive tree in the house of God: for I trusted in the mercy of God forever and ever.

I will always praise thee, for that thou hast done [j]this, and I will [k]hope in thy name, because it is good before thy Saints.


[a] Psalm 52:1 O Doeg, which hast credit with the tyrant Saul, and hast power to murder the Saints of God.

[b] Psalm 52:2 Thy malice moveth thee by crafty flatteries and lies to accuse and destroy the innocents.

[c] Psalm 52:3 Hebrew, righteousness.

[d] Psalm 52:5 Though God forbear for a time, yet at length he will recompense thy falsehood.

[e] Psalm 52:5 Albeit thou seem to be never so sure settled.

[f] Psalm 52:6 For the eyes of the reprobate are shut up at God’s judgments.

[g] Psalm 52:6 With joyful reverence, seeing that he taketh their part against the wicked.

[h] Psalm 52:7 Or, in his substance.

[i] Psalm 52:8 He rejoiceth to have a place among the servants of God, that he may grow in the knowledge of godliness.

[j] Psalm 52:9 Executed his vengeance.

[k] Psalm 52:9 Or, wait upon thy grace and promise.

Revelation 13

[i]And there was given unto him a mouth, that spake great things and blasphemies, and power was given unto him, [j]to do two and forty months.

And he opened his mouth unto blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his Name, [k]and his tabernacle, [l]and them that dwell in heaven.

And it was given unto him to make war with the Saints, and to overcome them, and power was given him over every kindred, and tongue, and nation.


[i] Revelation 13:5.  The second member containing an history of the acts of the beast, as I said verse 1. The history of them is concluded in two points, the beginning and the manner of them. The beginning is the gift of the Dragon, who put and inspired into the beast both his impiety against God and his eminity and injustice against all men, especially against the godly and those that were of the household of faith, the fifth verse. The manner of the acts or actions done, is of two sorts both impious in mind, and blasphemous in speech against God, his Church and the godly, verse six, and also most cruel and injurious in deeds, even such as were done of most raging enemies and of most insolent and proud conquerors, the seventh verse.

[j] Revelation 13:5.  Namely his actions and manner of dealing. As concerning those two and forty months, I have spoken of them before in the twelfth Chapter and second verse.

[k] Revelation 13:6.  That is, the holy Church, the true house of the living God.

[l] Revelation 13:6.  That is, the godly in several who hid themselves from his cruelty. For this bloody beast surcharged those holy souls most falsely with innumerable accusations for the Name of Christ, as we read in Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Arnobius, Minutius, Eusebius, Augustine, and others: which example the latter times followed most diligently in destroying the flock of Christ and we in our own memory have found by experience to our incredible grief. Concerning heaven, see the eleventh Chapter and twelfth verse.