Psalm 53
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The Fool Says There Is No God
(Romans 3:9-20; Psalm 14:1-7)

For the choirmaster. According to Mahalath.a A Maskil of David.

The fool says in his heart,

“There is no God.”

They are corrupt; their ways are vile.

There is no one who does good.

2God looks down from heaven

upon the sons of men

to see if any understand,

if any seek God.

3All have turned away,

they have together become corrupt;b

there is no one who does good,

not even one.c

4Will the workers of iniquity never learn?

They devour my people like bread;

they refuse to call upon the LORD.

5There they are, overwhelmed with dread,

where there was nothing to fear.

For God has scattered the bones

of those who besieged you.

You put them to shame,

for God has despised them.

6Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come from Zion!

When God restores His captive people,d

let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!



Footnotes:

1 a Probably a musical or liturgical term; see also Psalm 88
3 b LXX worthless
3 c Cited in Romans 3:10-12
6 d Or the fortunes of His people


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