14 Fools say ·to themselves [L in their hearts], “There is no God [C Psalm 53 largely parallels this psalm].” ·Fools are evil [L They are corrupt] and do ·terrible [detestable] things [Deut. 32:5]; there is no one who does anything good.
2 The Lord looked down from heaven on all people to see if anyone ·understood [L was wise/insightful], if anyone was ·looking to God for help [seeking God]. 3 But all have ·turned [wandered] away. Together, everyone has become ·evil [perverse]. There is no one who does anything good, not even one [Rom. 3:10–12].
4 Don’t ·the wicked [L those who do evil] ·understand [know]?
They ·destroy [consume; L eat] my people as if they were ·eating [consuming] bread. They do not ·ask the Lord for help [call on the Lord]. 5 But the wicked are ·filled [terrified] with terror, because God is with ·those who do what is right [the company of the righteous]. 6 The wicked ·upset [confuse; frustrate] the plans of the poor, but the Lord ·will protect them [is their refuge].
7 I pray that ·victory [salvation] will come to Israel from Mount Zion [C the location of the Temple]! May the Lord ·bring them back [restore the fortunes of his people; C perhaps at the end of the exile]. Then the people of Jacob will rejoice, and the people of Israel will be glad.
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