Psalm 14

1    The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’  

Corrupt are they, and abominable in their wickedness;

    there is no one that does good.

2    The Lord has looked down from heaven

    upon the children of earth,  

to see if there is anyone who is wise

    and seeks after God.

3    But every one has turned back;

    all alike have become corrupt:  

there is none that does good; no, not one.

4    Have they no knowledge, those evildoers,  

who eat up my people as if they ate bread

    and do not call upon the Lord?

5    There shall they be in great fear;  

for God is in the company of the righteous.

6    Though they would confound the counsel of the poor,  

yet the Lord shall be their refuge.

7    O that Israel’s salvation would come out of Zion!  

When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,

    then will Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.


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