Foolishness and Wickedness of People.

For the music director; according to [a]Mahalath. A [b]Maskil of David.

53 (A)The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice;
(B)There is no one who does good.
God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of mankind
To see if there is (C)anyone who [c]understands,
Who (D)seeks after God.
(E)Every one of them has turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
There is no one who does good, not even one.

Have the workers of injustice (F)no knowledge,
Who eat up My people like they ate bread,
And have not called upon God?
They were in great [d]fear there, (G)where no [e]fear had been;
For God (H)scattered the bones of [f]him who encamped against you;
You (I)put them to shame, because (J)God had rejected them.
Oh, that (K)the salvation of Israel would come from Zion!
When God restores the fortunes of His people,
Jacob shall rejoice, Israel shall be glad.

Prayer for Defense against Enemies.

For the music director; on stringed instruments. A [g]Maskil of David, [h]when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, “Is David not keeping himself hidden among us?”

54 Save me, God, by (L)Your name,
And [i]vindicate me by (M)Your power.
(N)Hear my prayer, God;
(O)Listen to the words of my mouth.
For strangers have (P)risen against me
And (Q)violent men have (R)sought my [j]life;
They have (S)not set God before them. Selah

Behold, (T)God is my helper;
The Lord is [k]the (U)sustainer of my soul.
[l]He will (V)pay back the evil to my enemies;
[m](W)Destroy them (X)in Your [n]faithfulness.

[o](Y)Willingly I will sacrifice to You;
I will (Z)praise Your name, Lord, for it is good.
For [p]He has (AA)saved me from all [q]trouble,
And my eye has (AB)looked with satisfaction upon my enemies.

Prayer for the Destruction of the Treacherous.

For the music director; on stringed instruments. A [r]Maskil of David.

55 (AC)Listen to my prayer, God;
And (AD)do not hide Yourself from my pleading.
Give Your (AE)attention to me and answer me;
I am restless in my (AF)complaint and [s](AG)severely distracted,
Because of the voice of the enemy,
Because of the (AH)pressure of the wicked;
For they (AI)bring down [t]trouble upon me
And in anger they (AJ)hold a grudge against me.

My (AK)heart is in anguish within me,
And the terrors of (AL)death have fallen upon me.
Fear and (AM)trembling come upon me,
And [u](AN)horror has [v]overwhelmed me.
I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and [w](AO)be at rest.
Behold, I would flee far away,
I would (AP)spend my nights in the wilderness. Selah
I would hurry to my place of refuge
From the (AQ)stormy wind and heavy gale.”

Confuse them, Lord, (AR)divide their tongues,
For I have seen (AS)violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go around her upon her walls,
And evil and harm are in her midst.
11 (AT)Destruction is in her midst;
(AU)Oppression and deceit do not depart from her [x]streets.

12 For it is (AV)not an enemy who taunts me,
Then I could endure it;
Nor is it one who hates me who (AW)has exalted himself against me,
Then I could hide myself from him.
13 But it is you, a man [y]my equal,
My (AX)companion and my (AY)confidant;
14 We who had sweet [z]fellowship together,
(AZ)Walked in the house of God among the commotion.
15 May [aa]death come (BA)deceitfully upon them;
May they (BB)go down alive to [ab]Sheol,
For evil is in their dwelling, in their midst.

16 As for me, I shall (BC)call upon God,
And the Lord will save me.
17 (BD)Evening and (BE)morning and at (BF)noon, I will complain and moan,
And He will hear my voice.
18 He will (BG)redeem my soul in peace [ac]from the battle which is against me,
For they are (BH)many who are aggressive toward me.
19 God will (BI)hear and humiliate them—
Even the one (BJ)who [ad]sits enthroned from ancient times— Selah
With whom there [ae]is no change,
And who (BK)do not fear God.
20 He has put forth his hands against (BL)those who were at peace with him;
He has [af](BM)violated his covenant.
21 His [ag]speech was (BN)smoother than butter,
But his heart was war;
His words were (BO)softer than oil,
Yet they were drawn (BP)swords.

22 (BQ)Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you;
(BR)He will never allow the righteous to [ah](BS)be shaken.
23 But You, God, will bring them down to the (BT)pit of destruction;
(BU)Men of bloodshed and deceit will (BV)not live out half their days.
But I will (BW)trust in You.


  1. Psalm 53 Title I.e., sickness, a sad tone
  2. Psalm 53 Title Possibly Contemplative; or Didactic; or Skillful Psalm
  3. Psalm 53:2 Or acts wisely
  4. Psalm 53:5 Or dread
  5. Psalm 53:5 Or dread
  6. Psalm 53:5 Or possibly those
  7. Psalm 54 Title Possibly Contemplative; or Didactic; or Skillful Psalm
  8. Psalm 54 Title 1 Sam 23:19; 26:1
  9. Psalm 54:1 Lit judge
  10. Psalm 54:3 Or soul
  11. Psalm 54:4 Lit as those who sustain
  12. Psalm 54:5 LXX; MT The evil will return
  13. Psalm 54:5 Or Put to silence
  14. Psalm 54:5 Or truth
  15. Psalm 54:6 Or With a voluntary offering
  16. Psalm 54:7 Or it; i.e., His name
  17. Psalm 54:7 Or distress
  18. Psalm 55 Title Possibly Contemplative; or Didactic; or Skillful Psalm
  19. Psalm 55:2 Another reading is I must moan
  20. Psalm 55:3 Or wickedness
  21. Psalm 55:5 Lit shuddering
  22. Psalm 55:5 Lit covered
  23. Psalm 55:6 Lit settle down
  24. Psalm 55:11 Or plaza
  25. Psalm 55:13 Lit according to my valuation
  26. Psalm 55:14 Lit counsel; or intimacy
  27. Psalm 55:15 Another reading is devastation be upon them
  28. Psalm 55:15 I.e., the netherworld
  29. Psalm 55:18 Or so that none may approach me
  30. Psalm 55:19 Or remains from
  31. Psalm 55:19 Lit are no changes
  32. Psalm 55:20 Lit profaned
  33. Psalm 55:21 Lit mouth
  34. Psalm 55:22 Or totter

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