A Portrait of Sinners
For the choir director: on Mahalath.#Ps 88 A Maskil of David.
1The fool says in his heart, “There’s no God.”
They are corrupt, and they do vile deeds.
There is no one who does good.#Ps 10:4; 14:1
2God looks down from heaven on the human race#53:2 Or the descendants of Adam
to see if there is one who is wise,
one who seeks God.#Ps 33:13-15
3All have turned away;
all alike have become corrupt.
There is no one who does good,
not even one.#Rm 3:10-12
4Will evildoers never understand?
They consume my people as they consume bread;#Ps 27:2; Mc 3:3
they do not call on God.#Is 64:7
5Then they will be filled with dread —
dread like no other#Lv 26:36 —
because God will scatter
the bones of those who besiege you.#Jr 8:1-2
You will put them to shame,
for God has rejected them.#Ps 44:7
6Oh, that Israel’s deliverance would come from Zion!
When God restores the fortunes of his people,#53:6 Or restores his captive people
let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.#Ps 14:7; Is 52:7-9; Jr 30:18-19