Psa 53:1 For the director of music. According to mahalath. A maskil of David. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good.
- Their creed – ‘There is no God’, v1.
- Their character – ‘corrupt’, v1.
- Their ways – ‘vile’, v1.
- Their depravity – ‘no-one who does good’, v1.
- Their ignorance – ‘never learn’, v4.
- Their treatment of the godly – ‘devour my people’, v4.
- Their impiety – ‘do not call on God’, v4.
- Their distress – ‘overwhelmed with dread’, v5.
- Their plight – ‘put to shame’, v5.
(R.T. Boyd, Bible Handbook, adapted)
Psa 53:2 God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.
Psa 53:3 Everyone has turned away, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.
Psa 53:4 Will the evildoers never learn– those who devour my people as men eat bread and who do not call on God?
Psa 53:5 There they were, overwhelmed with dread, where there was nothing to dread. God scattered the bones of those who attacked you; you put them to shame, for God despised them.
Psa 53:6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!