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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book II
 
LIII
 
Folly and Wickedness of Men
 
 
For the Chief Musician; set to Mahalath. Maschil of David.
 
 
[1]  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, 1
That did seek after God.
[3]  Every one of them is gone back; they are together 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,
And call not 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 rejected them.
[6]  Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion!
When God bringeth 2 back the captivity of his people,
Then shall Jacob rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
 
Note 1. Or, deal wisely. [back]
Note 2. Or, returneth to. [back]
 

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