Psalm 53:1
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New International Version
For the director of music. According to mahalath. A maskil of David. The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good.

New Living Translation
For the choir director: A meditation; a psalm of David. Only fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!

English Standard Version
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none who does good.

New American Standard Bible
For the choir director; according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David. The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God," They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice; There is no one who does good.

King James Bible
To the chief Musician upon Mahalath, Maschil, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the choir director: on Mahalath. A Davidic Maskil. The fool says in his heart, "God does not exist." They are corrupt, and they do vile deeds. There is no one who does good.

International Standard Version
Fools say to themselves "There is no God." They are corrupt and commit iniquity; not one of them practices what is good.

NET Bible
For the music director; according to the machalath style; a well-written song by David. Fools say to themselves, "There is no God." They sin and commit evil deeds; none of them does what is right.

New Heart English Bible
The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity. There is no one who does good.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The evil one has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupted and they are defiled in their evil and there is none doing good.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[For the choir director; according to [mahalath], a [maskil] by David.] Godless fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." They are corrupt. They do disgusting things. There is no one who does good things.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the Leader; upon Mahalath. Maschil of David. The fool hath said in his heart: 'There is no God'; They have dealt corruptly, and have done abominable iniquity; There is none that doeth good.

New American Standard 1977
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God,”
            They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice;
            There is no one who does good.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They have corrupted themselves and have done abominable iniquity; there is no one that does good.

King James 2000 Bible
The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that does good.

American King James Version
The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that does good.

American Standard Version
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity; There is none that doeth good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Unto the end, for Maeleth, understandings to David. The fool said in his hear t: There is no God. They are corrupted, and become abominable in iniquities: there is none that doth good.

Darby Bible Translation
{To the chief Musician. On Mahalath: an instruction. Of David.} The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God! They have corrupted themselves, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

English Revised Version
For the Chief Musician; set to Mahalath. Maschil of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity; there is none that doeth good.

Webster's Bible Translation
To the chief Musician upon Mahalath, Maschil, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

World English Bible
The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity. There is no one who does good.

Young's Literal Translation
To the Overseer. -- 'On a disease.' -- An instruction, by David. A fool said in his heart, 'There is no God.' They have done corruptly, Yea, they have done abominable iniquity, There is none doing good.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
53:1-6 The corruption of man by nature. - This psalm is almost the same as the 14th. The scope of it is to convince us of our sins. God, by the psalmist, here shows us how bad we are, and proves this by his own certain knowledge. He speaks terror to persecutors, the worst of sinners. He speaks encouragement to God's persecuted people. How comes it that men are so bad? Because there is no fear of God before their eyes. Men's bad practices flow from their bad principles; if they profess to know God, yet in works, because in thoughts, they deny him. See the folly of sin; he is a fool, in the account of God, whose judgment we are sure is right, that harbours such corrupt thoughts. And see the fruit of sin; to what it brings men, when their hearts are hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. See also the faith of the saints, and their hope and power as to the cure of this great evil. There will come a Saviour, a great salvation, a salvation from sin. God will save his church from its enemies. He will save all believers from their own sins, that they may not be led captive by them, which will be everlasting joy to them. From this work the Redeemer had his name JESUS, for he shall save his people from their sins, Mt 1:21.
Study Bible
The Fool Says There is No God
1For the choir director; according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David. The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God," They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice; There is no one who does good. 2God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there is anyone who understands, Who seeks after God.…
Cross References
Romans 3:10
As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one;

Psalm 10:4
The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, "There is no God."

Psalm 14:1
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.

Psalm 74:18
Remember this, O LORD, that the enemy has reviled, And a foolish people has spurned Your name.

Psalm 74:22
Arise, O God, and plead Your own cause; Remember how the foolish man reproaches You all day long.
Treasury of Scripture

The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that does good.

A.M. cir

Psalm 88:1 O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you:

fool

Psalm 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, …

Psalm 92:6 A brutish man knows not; neither does a fool understand this.

Matthew 5:22 But I say to you, That whoever is angry with his brother without …

Luke 12:20 But God said to him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required …

said

Psalm 10:4,6,11,13 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after …

1 Kings 12:26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the …

Romans 1:21,28 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, …

Corrupt

Genesis 6:5,6,11-13 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth…

Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

Job 15:16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinks iniquity like water?

have done

Leviticus 18:24-30 Defile not you yourselves in any of these things: for in all these …

Deuteronomy 12:31 You shall not do so to the LORD your God: for every abomination to …

1 Kings 14:24 And there were also sodomites in the land…

Ezekiel 16:47,51 Yet have you not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations: …

Ephesians 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of …

1 Peter 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have worked the will …

there is

Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

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