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Psalm 53 Names of God Bible (NOG)

Psalm 53[a]

For the choir director; according to mahalath,[b] a maskil by David.

Godless fools say in their hearts,
    “There is no Elohim.”
    They are corrupt.
    They do disgusting things.
    There is no one who does good things.
Elohim looks down from heaven on Adam’s descendants
    to see if there is anyone who acts wisely,
        if there is anyone who seeks help from Elohim.
Everyone has fallen away.
    Together they have become rotten to the core.
        No one, not even one person, does good things.
Are all those troublemakers,
    those who devour my people as if they were devouring food,
        so ignorant that they do not call on Elohim?
There they are—panic-stricken—
    but there was no reason to panic,
        because Elohim has scattered the bones
            of those who set up camp against you.[c]
    You put them to shame.
        After all, Elohim has rejected them.

If only salvation for Israel would come from Zion!
    When Elohim restores the fortunes of his people,
    Jacob will rejoice.
    Israel will be glad.


  1. Psalm 53:1 Psalm 53 is virtually identical in wording to Psalm 14.
  2. Psalm 53:1 Unknown musical term.
  3. Psalm 53:5 Hebrew meaning uncertain.
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Psalm 53 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 53[a]

For the director of music. According to mahalath.[b] A maskil[c] of David.

The fool says in his heart,
    “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;
    there is no one who does good.

God looks down from heaven
    on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
    any who seek God.
Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt;
    there is no one who does good,
    not even one.

Do all these evildoers know nothing?

They devour my people as though eating bread;
    they never call on God.
But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
    where there was nothing to dread.
God scattered the bones of those who attacked you;
    you put them to shame, for God despised them.

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
    When God restores his people,
    let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!


  1. Psalm 53:1 In Hebrew texts 53:1-6 is numbered 53:2-7.
  2. Psalm 53:1 Title: Probably a musical term
  3. Psalm 53:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
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