Psalm 53

Punishment for those who

refuse to do good

For the director of music. For mahalath. A maskil of David.

Foolish people say in their hearts,
“There is no God.”
They do all kinds of horrible and evil things.
No one does anything good.

2 God looks down from heaven
on all people.
He wants to see if there are any who understand.
He wants to see if there are any who trust in God.

3 All of them have turned away.
They have all become evil.
No one does anything good,
no one at all.

4 Won’t those who do evil ever learn?
They eat up my people as if they were eating bread.
They don’t call out to God for help.

5 Just look at them! They are filled with terror
even when there is nothing to be afraid of!
People of Israel, God will scatter the bones of those who attack you.
You will put them to shame, because God hates them.

6 How I pray that the One who saves Israel will come out of Zion!
God will bless his people with great success again.
So let the people of Jacob be filled with joy! Let Israel be glad!

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