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Psalm 14[a]

For the choir director; 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.
Yahweh 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 turned 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 Yahweh?
There they are—panic-stricken
    because Elohim is with the person who is righteous.
They put the advice of oppressed people to shame
    because Yahweh is their Machseh.

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


  1. Psalm 14:1 Psalm 14 is virtually identical in wording to Psalm 53.

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