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22 Arise, O God, and defend your cause.
    Remember how these fools insult you all day long.

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18 See how these enemies insult you, Lord.
    A foolish nation has dishonored your name.

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What is this?” asks the Lord. “Why are my people enslaved again? Those who rule them shout in exultation.[a] My name is blasphemed all day long.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. 52:5a As in Dead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text reads Those who rule them wail.
  2. 52:5b Greek version reads The Gentiles continually blaspheme my name because of you. Compare Rom 2:24.

19 Arise, O Lord!
    Do not let mere mortals defy you!
    Judge the nations!
20 Make them tremble in fear, O Lord.
    Let the nations know they are merely human. Interlude

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50 Consider, Lord, how your servants are disgraced!
    I carry in my heart the insults of so many people.
51 Your enemies have mocked me, O Lord;
    they mock your anointed king wherever he goes.

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Help us, O God of our salvation!
    Help us for the glory of your name.
Save us and forgive our sins
    for the honor of your name.
10 Why should pagan nations be allowed to scoff,
    asking, “Where is their God?”
Show us your vengeance against the nations,
    for they have spilled the blood of your servants.

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“I warned the proud, ‘Stop your boasting!’
    I told the wicked, ‘Don’t raise your fists!
Don’t raise your fists in defiance at the heavens
    or speak with such arrogance.’”

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Psalm 53

For the choir director: A meditation; a psalm[a] of David.

Only fools say in their hearts,
    “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their actions are evil;
    not one of them does good!

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Footnotes

  1. 53:Title Hebrew According to mahalath; a maskil. These may be literary or musical terms.

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