Psalm 53:1
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.

Berean Study Bible
For the choirmaster. According to Mahalath. 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.

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.

Christian Standard Bible
The fool says in his heart, "There's no God." They are corrupt, and they do vile deeds. There is no one who does good.

Contemporary English Version
Only a fool would say, "There is no God!" People like that are worthless! They are heartless and cruel and never do right.

Good News Translation
Fools say to themselves, "There is no God." They are all corrupt, and they have done terrible things; there is no one who does what is right.

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
[For the Chief Musician. To the tune of "Mahalath." A contemplation by David.] 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For the end, a Psalm of David upon Maeleth, of instruction. The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They have corrupted themselves, and become abominable in iniquities: there is none that does 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.
Study Bible
The Fool Says There is No God
1For the choirmaster. According to Mahalath. 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.…
Cross References
Romans 3:10
As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one.

Psalm 10:4
In his pride the wicked man does not seek Him; in all his schemes there is no God.

Psalm 14:1
The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt; their acts are vile. There is no one who does good.

Psalm 74:18
Remember how the enemy has mocked You, O LORD, how a foolish people has spurned Your name.

Psalm 74:22
Rise up, O God, defend Your cause! Remember how the fool mocks 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.

Psalm 88:1
A Song or Psalm for the sons of Korah, to the chief Musician upon Mahalath Leannoth, Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite. O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:

fool

Psalm 14:1
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

Psalm 92:6
A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.

Matthew 5:22
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

said

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

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

Romans 1:21,28
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened…

Corrupt

Genesis 6:5,6,11-13
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…

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 drinketh iniquity like water?

have done

Leviticus 18:24-30
Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: …

Deuteronomy 12:31
Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.

1 Kings 14:24
And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.

there is

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







Lexicon
For the choirmaster.
לַמְנַצֵּ֥חַ (lam·naṣ·ṣê·aḥ)
Preposition-l, Article | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5329: To glitter from afar, to be eminent, to be permanent

According to
עַֽל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

Mahalath.
מָחֲלַ֗ת (mā·ḥă·laṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4257: Machalath'

A Maskil
מַשְׂכִּ֥יל (maś·kîl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4905: Instructive, a didactic poem

of David.
לְדָוִֽד׃ (lə·ḏā·wiḏ)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

The fool
נָבָ֣ל (nā·ḇāl)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5036: Foolish, senseless

says
אָ֘מַ֤ר (’ā·mar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

in his heart,
בְּ֭לִבּוֹ (bə·lib·bōw)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

“[There is] no
אֵ֣ין (’ên)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

God.”
אֱלֹהִ֑ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

They are corrupt;
הִֽ֝שְׁחִ֗יתוּ (hiš·ḥî·ṯū)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 7843: Perhaps to go to ruin

their ways
וְהִֽתְעִ֥יבוּ (wə·hiṯ·‘î·ḇū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 8581: To loathe, detest

are vile.
עָ֝֗וֶל (‘ā·wel)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5766: Injustice, unrighteousness

There is no
אֵ֣ין (’ên)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

one who does
עֹֽשֵׂה־ (‘ō·śêh-)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

good.
טֽוֹב׃ (ṭō·wḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good
(1) And.--The conjunction is wanting in Psalm 14:1.

Iniquity.--Instead of the general term, "doings," in Psalms 14, as if the adapter of the Psalm felt that a word applicable to good as well as evil was not strong enough to express the hideousness of the profanity.

Verses 1 and 2 are identical with the same verses of Psalm 14, with the single exception that "Jehovah "is replaced by" Elohim," as the first word of ver. 2. 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.
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