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Bible Commentaries
Psalms 53

Smith's Bible CommentarySmith's Commentary

Verses 1-6

Psalms 53:1-6

Psalms 53:1-6 is the same as Psalms 14:1-7 . These are similar psalms. There are about three places where psalms repeat themselves, not in total, such as... this is pretty much in total with Psalms 14:1-7 . In others, maybe three or four verses are repeated. But this the full psalm.

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God ( Psalms 53:1 ).

Paul said, "When they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were they thankful. Their foolish hearts were darkened. And professing themselves to be wise they became fools" ( Romans 1:21-22 ). "The fool hath said in his heart there is no God." If you meet a person who says, "I am an atheist," according to God's Word he is a fool.

Corrupt are they, they have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. And God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and that did seek God. And every one of them has gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one ( Psalms 53:1-3 ).

Paul quotes this in Romans, chapter 3.

Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God. There were they in great fear, where no fear was ( Psalms 53:4-5 ):

The wicked fear when there is no cause to fear.

for God has scattered the bones of him that encamps against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised him. Oh that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! ( Psalms 53:5-6 )

Now this is a prayer, actually, for the future when Jesus shall come and establish the kingdom. The salvation of Israel coming out of Zion is always a reference to the glorious millennial reign of Christ.

When God brings back the captivity of his people, for Jacob shall rejoice and Israel shall be glad ( Psalms 53:6 ). "

Bibliographical Information
Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on Psalms 53". "Smith's Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/csc/psalms-53.html. 2014.
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