Psalm 14

Refrain:    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

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. [R]

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.

Refrain:    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

God of heaven,

look with mercy on all who are consumed

    by ignorance and greed,

and let the children of earth know

that you are God for ever.


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