- 1 For the leader. Of David. 2 Fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." Their deeds are loathsome and corrupt; not one does what is right.
- The LORD looks down from heaven upon the human race, To see if even one is wise, if even one seeks God.
- All have gone astray; all alike are perverse. Not one does what is right, not even one.
- Will these evildoers never learn? They devour my people as they devour bread; they do not call upon the LORD.
- They have good reason, then, to fear; God is with the company of the just.
- They would crush the hopes of the poor, but the poor have the LORD as their refuge.
- 3 Oh, that from Zion might come the deliverance of Israel, That Jacob may rejoice, and Israel be glad when the LORD restores his people!
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Footnotes1 [Psalm 14] The lament (duplicated in Psalm 53) depicts the world as consisting of two types of people: "the fools" (= the wicked, Psalm 14:1-3) and "the company of the just" (Psalm 14:4-6; also called "my people," and "the poor"). The wicked persecute the just, but the psalm expresses the hope that God will punish the wicked and reward the good. 2 Fools: literally, "the fool." The singular is used typically, hence the plural translation.
3 Israel . . . Jacob . . . his people: the righteous poor are identified with God's people.
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