Foolishness and Wickedness of People.

For the music director. A Psalm of David.

14 The fool has (A)said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they have committed detestable acts;
There is (B)no one who does good.
The Lord has (C)looked down from heaven upon the sons of mankind
To see if there are any who [a](D)understand,
Who (E)seek God.
They have all (F)turned aside, together they are corrupt;
There is (G)no one who does good, not even one.

Do all the workers of injustice (H)not know,
Who (I)devour my people as they eat bread,
And (J)do not call upon the Lord?
There they are in great dread,
For God is with a (K)righteous generation.
You would put to shame the plan of the poor,
But the Lord is his (L)refuge.

Oh, that (M)the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord (N)restores the fortunes of His people,
Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.

Description of a Citizen of Zion.

A Psalm of David.

15 Lord, who may reside (O)in Your tent?
Who may settle on Your (P)holy hill?
One who (Q)walks with integrity, practices righteousness,
And (R)speaks truth in his heart.
He (S)does not slander [b]with his tongue,
Nor (T)do evil to his neighbor,
Nor (U)bring shame on his friend;
A despicable person is despised in his eyes,
But he (V)honors those who fear the Lord;
He (W)takes an oath to his own detriment, and does not change;
He (X)does not [c]lend his money [d]at interest,
Nor (Y)does he take a bribe against the innocent.
(Z)One who does these things will never be shaken.

The Lord, the Psalmist’s Portion in Life and Salvation in Death.

A [e]Mikhtam of David.

16 (AA)Protect me, God, for (AB)I take refuge in You.
[f]I said to the Lord, “You are [g]my Lord;
I (AC)have nothing good besides You.”
As for the [h](AD)saints who are on the earth,
[i]They are the majestic ones; (AE)all my delight is in them.
[j]The (AF)pains of those who have acquired another god will be multiplied;
I will not pour out their drink offerings of (AG)blood,
Nor will I (AH)take their names upon my lips.

The Lord is the (AI)portion of my inheritance and my (AJ)cup;
You support my (AK)lot.
The measuring (AL)lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my inheritance is (AM)beautiful to me.

I will bless the Lord who has (AN)advised me;
Indeed, my [k](AO)mind instructs me in the night.
(AP)I have (AQ)set the Lord continually before me;
Because He is (AR)at my right hand, (AS)I will not be shaken.
Therefore (AT)my heart is glad and (AU)my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will (AV)dwell securely.
10 For You (AW)will not abandon my soul to [l]Sheol;
You will not [m](AX)allow Your [n]Holy One to [o]undergo decay.
11 You will make known to me (AY)the way of life;
In (AZ)Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are (BA)pleasures forever.


  1. Psalm 14:2 Or act wisely
  2. Psalm 15:3 Lit according to
  3. Psalm 15:5 Lit give
  4. Psalm 15:5 I.e., to a fellow Israelite
  5. Psalm 16 Title Possibly Epigrammatic Poem or Atonement Psalm
  6. Psalm 16:2 Or O my soul, you said
  7. Psalm 16:2 Or the Lord
  8. Psalm 16:3 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
  9. Psalm 16:3 Lit They, even the
  10. Psalm 16:4 Lit Their pains, they who acquired
  11. Psalm 16:7 Lit kidneys, figurative for inner man
  12. Psalm 16:10 I.e., the netherworld
  13. Psalm 16:10 Lit give
  14. Psalm 16:10 Or godly one
  15. Psalm 16:10 Or see corruption; or the pit

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