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Psalm 53Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 53

A Portrait of Sinners

For the choir director: on Mahalath.[a] A Davidic Maskil.

The fool says in his heart, “God does not exist.”
They are corrupt, and they do vile deeds.
There is no one who does good.
God looks down from heaven on the human race
to see if there is one who is wise,
one who seeks God.
All have turned away;
all alike have become corrupt.
There is no one who does good,
not even one.

Will evildoers never understand?
They consume My people as they consume bread;
they do not call on God.
Then they will be filled with terror—
terror like no other
because God will scatter
the bones of those who besiege you.
You will put them to shame,
for God has rejected them.

Oh, that Israel’s deliverance would come from Zion!
When God restores the fortunes of His people,[b]
Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 53:1 Perhaps a tune, a musical instrument, or a dance; this may be related to Hb word for “sickness.”
  2. Psalm 53:6 Or restores His captive people
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