Psalm 53

1 (A special psalm by David for the music leader. To the tune "Mahalath.") Only a fool would say, "There is no God!" People like that are worthless! They are heartless and cruel and never do right.

2 From heaven God looks down to see if anyone is wise enough to search for him.

3 But all of them are crooked and corrupt. Not one of them does right.

4 Won't you lawbreakers learn? You refuse to pray, and you gobble down the people of God.

5 But you will be terrified worse than ever before. God will scatter the bones of his enemies, and you will be ashamed when God rejects you.

6 I long for someone from Zion to come and save Israel! Our God, when you bless your people again, Jacob's family will be glad, and Israel will celebrate.

The Contemporary English Version c1995 by the American Bible Society.

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