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Psalm of Praise

While reading Psalm 34 today, it was hard to understand its context. This Psalm was written by King David after he pretended to be insane before his enemy Abimelech, and by doing so escaped what seemed like certain death.

The difficulty lies in the apparent conflict between the Psalm and the prior actions of the Psalmist. Verse 13:

bq. Keep your tongue from evil, your lips from speaking deceit.

Wait a second. Wasn’t David’s whole pretending to be insane part deceit in itself? I believe in the infaillibility of the Bible, but my own limited understanding, especially of the Old Testament, finds this conflict odd.

Anyone out there with a deeper insight?