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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