To the Chief Musician. On “Maḥalath.” A Psalm of Instruction, of David.
53 The impious hath said in his heart, There is no God! They have acted corruptly, They have wrought abominable perversity, There is none that doeth good:—
2 God out of the heavens looked down upon the sons of men,—To see whether there was one that shewed wisdom, Enquiring after God.
3 They all have turned back, Together have they become tainted,—There is none that doeth good, Not so much as one!
4 Are the workers of iniquity without knowledge? Devouring my people [as] they devour food? Upon God have they not called.
5 There have they been in great dread where no dread was Because God hath scattered the bones of thy besieger,—Thou hast put [him] to shame, Because God had rejected them.
6 Oh that out of Zion were granted the salvations of Israel! When God bringeth back the captives of his people Jacob shall exult, Israel shall be glad.