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Psalms 53
New Living Translation

For the choir director: A meditation; a psalm of David.

53Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!

2God looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God.

3But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt[2]. No one does good, not a single one!

4Will those who do evil never learn? They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to God.

5Terror will grip them, terror like they have never known before. God will scatter the bones of your enemies. You will put them to shame, for God has rejected them.

6Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel? When God restores his people, Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.



[1] Psalms 53:1Hebrew maskil. This may be a literary or musical term
[2] Psalms 53:3Greek version reads have become useless. Compare Rom 3.12



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