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Psalm 53

Denunciation of Godlessness

To the leader: according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David.

1

Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”

They are corrupt, they commit abominable acts;

there is no one who does good.

 

2

God looks down from heaven on humankind

to see if there are any who are wise,

who seek after God.

 

3

They have all fallen away, they are all alike perverse;

there is no one who does good,

no, not one.

 

4

Have they no knowledge, those evildoers,

who eat up my people as they eat bread,

and do not call upon God?

 

5

There they shall be in great terror,

in terror such as has not been.

For God will scatter the bones of the ungodly;

they will be put to shame, for God has rejected them.

 

6

O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion!

When God restores the fortunes of his people,

Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.


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Ps 53:1-6. Upon Mahalath—(See on Ps 88:1, title). Why this repetition of the fourteenth Psalm is given we do not know.

1-4. with few verbal changes, correspond with Ps 14:1-4.

5. Instead of assurances of God's presence with the pious, and a complaint of the wicked, Ps 14:5, 6 portrays the ruin of the latter, whose "bones" even "are scattered" (compare Ps 141:7), and who are put to shame as contemptuously rejected of God.




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