For the director of music. By mahalath [C perhaps “sickness”]. A ·maskil [skillful psalm; meditation] of David.
53 Fools say ·to themselves [L in their hearts], “There is no God [C Psalm 14 largely parallels this psalm].” ·Fools are evil [L They are corrupt] and do ·terrible [detestable] things [Deut. 32:5]; none of them does anything good.
2 God looked down from heaven on all people to see if anyone 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]; none of them does anything good. Not a single person [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 God for help [call on God]. 5 The wicked are ·filled [terrified] with terror where there ·had been nothing to [L was no] fear. God will scatter the bones of ·your enemies [the godless]. You will ·defeat [shame; humiliate] them, because God has rejected them.
6 I pray that ·victory [salvation] will come to Israel from Mount Zion [C the location of the Temple, the house of God]! May God ·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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