A Portrait of Sinners
For the choir director: on Mahalath. # Perhaps a tune, a musical instrument, or a dance; this may be related to Hb word for “sickness.” # Ps 88 title A Davidic Maskil.
1The fool says in his heart, “God does not exist.”
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
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 terror —
terror 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, # Or restores His captive people
Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad. # Ps 14:7; Is 52:7-9; Jr 30:18-19