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Psalm 53

The Fool
(Psalm 14)

For the choir director. According to mahalath.[a] A maskil by David.

A Description of the Fool

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

They are corrupt. They commit horrible evil.
There is no one who does good.
God looks down from heaven on all the children of Adam
    to see if there is anyone who understands,
    anyone who seeks God.
Every single one has turned back.
Altogether they have become rotten.
There is no one who does good.
There is not even one.

The Final Fate of the Fool

Don’t they know, all those evildoers,
    who devour my people as if they were eating bread?
They do not call on God.
There they are, terrified, where there was nothing to fear.
For God scattered the bones of those who camped against you.
You put them to shame, because God despised them.

Closing Prayer

Who will provide salvation for Israel from Zion?[b]
When God restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!


  1. Psalm 53:1 A musical term of uncertain meaning, most likely a melody
  2. Psalm 53:6 Or O that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!