To the chief Musician upon Mahalath, Maschil, A Psalm of David.
531The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.53.1 Maschil: or, of instruction
2God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
3Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
4Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.
5There 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.53.5 were…: Heb. they feared a fear
6Oh 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.53.6 Oh that…: Heb. Who will give salvation, etc
To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when the Ziphims came and said to Saul, Doth not David hide himself with us?
541Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.54.1 chief…: or, overseer54.1 Maschil: or, of instruction
2Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.
3For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.
4Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.
5He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.54.5 mine…: Heb. those that observe me
6I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good.
7For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.
To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David.
551Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.55.1 chief…: or, overseer55.1 Maschil: or, of instruction
2Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;
3Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.
4My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.
5Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.55.5 overwhelmed: Heb. covered
6And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.
7Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.
8I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.
9Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
10Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.
11Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.
12For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him:
13But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.55.13 mine equal: Heb. according to my rank
14We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.55.14 We…: Heb. Who sweetened counsel
15Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.55.15 hell: or, the grave
16As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.
17Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
18He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.
19God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.55.19 Because…: or, With whom also there be no changes, yet they
20He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.55.20 broken: Heb. profaned
21The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.
22Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.55.22 burden: or, gift
23But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.55.23 bloody…: Heb. men of bloods and deceit55.23 shall…: Heb. shall not half their days