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Psalm 53

posted 11 Dec 2014, 02:09 by Mark Broomhead
Refrain:The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

1The 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.

2God has looked down from heaven upon the children of earth, •
to see if there is anyone who is wise and seeks after God.

3They are all gone out of the way;
all alike have become corrupt; •
there is no one that does good, no not one. R

4Have they no knowledge, those evildoers, •
who eat up my people as if they ate bread,
and do not call upon God?

5There shall they be in great fear,
such fear as never was; •
for God will scatter the bones of the ungodly.

6They will be put to shame, •
because God has rejected them.

7O that Israel’s salvation would come out of Zion! •
When God 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.

Without you, O God, nothing is real,
all things are open to corruption
and we are deadened by deceit;
do not abandon us to our folly,
but give us hearts that seek you
and, at the last, joy in your heavenly city;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.