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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Psalms 53

 

 

Introduction
1David describes the corruption of a natural man.
4He convinces the wicked by the light of their own conscience.
6He glories in the salvation of God.

Verse 1
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
A. M. cir. 3464. B.C. cir. 540. (Title.) Mahalath
88:1; *title
fool
14:1-7; 92:6; Matthew 5:22; Luke 12:20
said
10:4,6,11,13; 1 Kings 12:26; Romans 1:21,28
Corrupt
Genesis 6:5,6,11-13; Job 14:4; 15:16
have done
Leviticus 18:24-30; Deuteronomy 12:31; 1 Kings 14:24; Ezekiel 16:47,51; Ephesians 5:12; 1 Peter 4:3
there is
Romans 3:10-31

Verse 2
God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
looked
11:4; 33:13,14; 102:19; Jeremiah 16:17; 23:24
any that
111:10; Deuteronomy 4:6; Job 28:28
seek
10:4; 27:8; 1 Chronicles 28:9; 2 Chronicles 15:2; 19:3; Isaiah 55:6

Verse 3
Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Every
14:3; 2 Samuel 20:2; Isaiah 53:6; 64:6; Jeremiah 8:5,6; Zephaniah 1:6
filthy
Job 15:16; Ezekiel 36:25; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Revelation 22:11
none
Romans 3:12; 1 John 2:29; 3 John 1:11

Verse 4
Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.
Have
Here 70 MSS., several editions, and the ancient versions add kol, "all," as in Ps 14.
94:8; Isaiah 27:11; Jeremiah 4:22; Matthew 23:17-39
who eat
27:2; Jeremiah 10:25; Revelation 17:16

Verse 5
There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.
There
Leviticus 26:17,36; Deuteronomy 28:65-67; 1 Samuel 14:15; 2 Kings 7:6,7; Job 15:21; Proverbs 28:1
were they in great fear
Heb. they feared a fear.
14:5
scattered
141:7; Ezekiel 6:5; 37:1-11
thou hast
35:4,26; 40:14; 83:16,17
because
2:4; 73:20; Isaiah 37:22-38; Jeremiah 6:30; Lamentations 2:6

Verse 6
Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
Oh, etc
Heb. Who will give salvations, etc.
14:7
out
50:2; Isaiah 12:6; 14:32
God
Instead of elohim, "God," more than 20 MSS., with the LXX., Syriac, and Chaldee, read yehowah, "Jehovah," as in Ps 14:7.
bringeth
85:1; 126:1-4; Job 42:10; Jeremiah 30:18; 31:23; Joel 3:1; Amos 9:14
Jacob
106:46-48; Ezra 3:11; Nehemiah 12:43; Isaiah 12:1-3

 


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Bibliography Information
Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 53:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-53.html.

Lectionary Calendar
Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
the Week of Proper 15 / Ordinary 20
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