Psalm 53
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To the Director: Upon "i"machalath.a A Davidic instruction.b

The Fool and God’s Response

1Fools say to themselves “There is no God.”

They are corrupt and commit iniquity;

not one of them practices what is good.

2God looks down from the heavens upon humanityc

to see if anyone shows discernment as he searches for God.

3All of themd have fallen away;

together they have become corrupt;

no one does what is good, not even one.

4Will those who do evil ever learn?

They devour my people like they devour bread,

and never call on God.

5There the Israelise were seized with terror,

when there was nothing to fear.

For God scattered the bones of those who laid siege against youf

you put them to shame,g

for God rejected them.

6Would that Israel’s deliverance come out of Zion!

When God restores the fortunes of his people,

Jacob will rejoice and Israel will be glad.h

a 53:T A Heb. musical term
b 53:T Lit. maskil
c 53:2 Lit. upon the sons of Adam
d 53:3 So MT; DSS 4QPs lack of them
e 53:5 Lit. they
f 53:5 So MT DSS 4QPs; LXX reads of men pleasers
g 53:5 So MT DSS 4QPs; LXX reads they were put to shame
h 53:6 Cf. Ps 14:1-7

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