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Psalm Fifty Three

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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To the chief Musician upon Mahalath, Maschil, A Psalm of David.

Maschil. This psalm, like the others in the series Psalms 52-55, is one of the thirteen or fourteen Maschil psalms.

Psalm 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

Psalm 53:2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

Psalm 53:3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

none that doeth good. Compare Psalm 14, which is practically the same as Psalm 53.

Psalm 53:4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.

Psalm 53:5 There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.

Psalm 53:6 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.