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1 To the chiefe musician vpon Mahalath, Maschil, A Psalme of Dauid. The foole hath sayde in his heart, There is no god; Corrupt are they, and haue done abhominable iniquitie; there is none that doth good.

2 God looked downe from heauen vpon the children of men, to see if there were any that did vnderstand, that did seeke God.

3 Euery one of them is gone backe, they are altogether become filthy: there is none that doth good, no not one.

4 Haue the workers of iniquitie no knowledge? who eate vp my people, as they eate bread; they haue not called vpon God.

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

6 O that the saluation of Israel were come out of Sion! when God bringeth backe the captiuitie of his people, Iaakob shall reioyce, and Israel shall be glad.

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Commentary for Psalms 53

The corruption of man by nature.

- This psalm is almost the same as the 14th. The scope of it is to convince us of our sins. God, by the psalmist, here shows us how bad we are, and proves this by his own certain knowledge. He speaks terror to persecutors, the worst of sinners. He speaks encouragement to God's persecuted people. How comes it that men are so bad? Because there is no fear of God before their eyes. Men's bad practices flow from their bad principles; if they profess to know God, yet in works, because in thoughts, they deny him. See the folly of sin; he is a fool, in the account of God, whose judgment we are sure is right, that harbours such corrupt thoughts. And see the fruit of sin; to what it brings men, when their hearts are hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. See also the faith of the saints, and their hope and power as to the cure of this great evil. There will come a Saviour, a great salvation, a salvation from sin. God will save his church from its enemies. He will save all believers from their own sins, that they may not be led captive by them, which will be everlasting joy to them. From this work the Redeemer had his name JESUS, for he shall save his people from their sins, #Mt 1:21|.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 53

  • Foxy what does
    I believe that jesus give us the faith to worship both god and Jesus .he shed blood for us.
    no other name can take his place . he keep us from sin.
    foxyrock
  • Mariya
    There was One who was faithful, but the children of men killed him. The righteous blood is on their filthy hands.
  • A disciple
    ".. the children of men ..gone back ..become filthy ..the workers of iniquity ..who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God." The Lord Jesus has sent us into the world as lambs in the midst of wolves. As it was in the days of Noah; the Elect fell away out of envy of the men of the world, became hardened against the conviction of the Spirit, and corrupted the whole world.
  • Seven Trumpets
    There is a difference between the workers of iniquity and God's people; and it is that we call upon God, and the other says, no God. What is their folly? and what is their filthiness? Isn't it it the evil in their hearts, and how they go away from God, and refuse all knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and make their life's purpose to oppress and persecute the real Children of God!
  • Irene123
    But still, in OUR age of Grace - we are to pray for the 'fools'; He came not to condemn the world, but to save it - one individual at a time; not the whole unrepentant world. There are actually people that believe the world was saved when Jesus was crucified - and there is nothing we need to do - except 'kick back' and enjoy our lives. Why then, would He have sacrificed Himself ..... ?
  • Mary
    I would like prayer for me and my kids and family God's protections and abounding love upon us and with us always and for salvation for me and household thank you

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