A Portrait of Sinners
For the choir director. Davidic.
1The fool says in his heart, “God does not exist.” # Ps 10:4; 53:1
They are corrupt; they do vile deeds.
There is no one who does good.
2The Lord looks down from heaven on the human race # Ps 33:13-15
to see if there is one who is wise,
one who seeks God.
3All have turned away;
all alike have become corrupt.
There is no one who does good,
not even one. # Some Hb mss, some LXX mss add the material found in Rm 3:13-18. # Ps 12:1; 53:1-3; Mc 7:2; 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 the Lord. # Is 64:7
5Then # Or There they will be filled with terror,
for God is with those who are # Lit with the generation of the righteous. # Ps 53:5
6You sinners frustrate the plans of the afflicted, # Ezr 4:5
but the Lord is his refuge. # Ps 9:9; 94:22
7Oh, that Israel’s deliverance would come from Zion!
When the Lord restores the fortunes of His people, # Or restores His captive people
Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad. # Or let Jacob rejoice; let Israel be glad. # Ps 53:6