Psalm 53:1
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King James Version
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.

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.

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.

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King James Translators' Notes

Maschil: or, of instruction

Geneva Study Bible

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

(a) Which was an instrument or king of note.

(b) Whereas no regard is had for honesty or dishonesty, for virtue nor for vice, there the prophet pronounces that the people have no God.

Scofield Reference Notes

Margin Mahalath

Mahalath, apparently a temple choir.

Margin Maschil

Maschil, "instruction."Psalm 53:1 Parallel Commentaries

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The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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

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

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 74:18
Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.

Psalm 74:22
Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.

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