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Psalm 14


For the director of music.  Of David.



1                    The fool[a] says in his heart, “There is no God.”  They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.


2                    The LORD looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.


3                    All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.


4                    Will evildoers never learn—those who devour my people as men eat bread and who do not call on the LORD?


5                    There they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous.


6                    You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the LORD is their refuge.


7                    Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!  When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

[a]1 The Hebrew words rendered fool in Psalms denote one who is morally deficient.