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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

  • 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
  • Ezekiel
    The declaration in the heart, the lie told to one's self, the subtraction and utter refusal to accept the intuitive knowledge of the existence of God from our core beliefs becomes the catalyst to uninhibited indulgences and reckless action as a ship without a rudder being driven by the whimsical desires of one's flesh as the enemy of sets a course for destruction of the soul culminating in everlasting judgment by almighty God, all because of a refusal to retain God in their thinking, to give him due homage honor and respect by allowing him to dictate how the creature we are of his design, should act and live.
  • Annie
    When sin is encountered in its ugliest form yet noone stands up for righteousness sake the scripture resounds across the earth " all we like sheep have gone astray everyone to his own way."
    It is sin ascending to the heavens in unbearable proportion in the face of a holy God that led to the Great Flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the captivity of Israel.
  • Maranatha
    Psalm 53:1 - Praise God He seeks after us for I have no righteousness and do no good but when my chains are gone I will be glad and rejoice in His salvation...even today! Praise God!

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According to Psalm 53, what kind of person asserts there is no God?
  • A Hypocrite
  • A Thief
  • A Crazy Man
  • A Fool
  • A Wise Man