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22 Rise up, O God, plead your cause;
    remember how the impious scoff at you all day long.

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18 Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy scoffs,
    and an impious people reviles your name.

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Now therefore what am I doing here, says the Lord, seeing that my people are taken away without cause? Their rulers howl, says the Lord, and continually, all day long, my name is despised.

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Help us, O God of our salvation,
    for the glory of your name;
deliver us, and forgive our sins,
    for your name’s sake.
10 Why should the nations say,
    “Where is their God?”
Let the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants
    be known among the nations before our eyes.

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I say to the boastful, “Do not boast,”
    and to the wicked, “Do not lift up your horn;
do not lift up your horn on high,
    or speak with insolent neck.”

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Psalm 53

Denunciation of Godlessness

To the leader: according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David.

Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”
    They are corrupt, they commit abominable acts;
    there is no one who does good.

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19 Rise up, O Lord! Do not let mortals prevail;
    let the nations be judged before you.
20 Put them in fear, O Lord;
    let the nations know that they are only human.Selah

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50 Remember, O Lord, how your servant is taunted;
    how I bear in my bosom the insults of the peoples,[a]
51 with which your enemies taunt, O Lord,
    with which they taunted the footsteps of your anointed.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 89:50 Cn: Heb bosom all of many peoples

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