Psalm 53

David laments that no one seeks after God. Sin has dirtied us all. David longs for God to save the nation.




For the Chief Musician. To the tune of “Mahalath.” A contemplation by David.


VERSE 1. The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity. There is no one who does good.

There is no God. David sees atheism as foolish.


VERSE 2. God looks down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there are any who understood, who seek after God.

who seek after God. God is pleased when we seek after him.


VERSE 3. Every one of them has gone back. They have become filthy together. There is no one who does good, no, not one.

They have become filthy together. The Hebrew word for “filthy” is alakh. It means “soured, as in sour milk. We all have become soured with sin. Sin has dirtied us all:

Isaiah 64:6. All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. (NIV translation)

Romans 3:23. for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God;


VERSE 4. Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and don’t call on God?


VERSE 5. There they were in great fear, where no fear was, for God has scattered the bones of him who encamps against you. You have put them to shame, because God has rejected them.

There they were in great fear. David foresaw that the wicked will be in great terror and shame. He is so certain of this that he speaks of it as already accomplished.


VERSE 6. Oh that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When God brings back his people from captivity, then Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.


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