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Psalm 53[a]

For the choir director; according to mahalath,[b] a maskil 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.
Elohim 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 fallen 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 Elohim?
There they are—panic-stricken—
    but there was no reason to panic,
        because Elohim has scattered the bones
            of those who set up camp against you.[c]
    You put them to shame.
        After all, Elohim has rejected them.

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


  1. Psalm 53:1 Psalm 53 is virtually identical in wording to Psalm 14.
  2. Psalm 53:1 Unknown musical term.
  3. Psalm 53:5 Hebrew meaning uncertain.