Psalm 53. The inscription indicates that this is a psalm of David. It was written to the tune of “Mahalath”, meaning “sickness”. This psalm describes the diseased state of the nation of Israel, and the remnant’s acknowledgement of it before God. See also Psalm 88.
To the chief Musician. On Mahalath: an instruction. Of David.
1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God! They have corrupted themselves, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
2 God looked down from the heavens 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 together become corrupt: there is none that doeth good, not even one.
4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge, eating up my people as they eat bread? they call not upon God.
5 There were they in great fear, where no fear was; for God scattereth the bones of him that encampeth against thee. Thou hast put them to shame, for God hath despised them.
6 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God turneth again the captivity of his people, Jacob shall be glad, Israel shall rejoice.