1 «To the chief Musician uponWhich was an instrument or king of note.Mahalath, Maschil, [A Psalm] of David.» The fool hath said in his heart, [There is]Whereas no regard is had for honesty or dishonesty, for virtue nor for vice, there the prophet pronounces that the people have no God.no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: [there is] none that doeth good.
2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were [any] that did understand, that didBy which he condemns all knowledge and understanding that tends not to seek God.seek God.
3 Euery one is gone backe: they are altogether corrupt: there is none that doth good, no not one.
4 Have theDavid pronounces God's vengeance against cruel governors who having charge to defend and preserve God's people, cruelly devour them.workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people [as] they eat bread: they have not called upon God.
5 There were they in great fear, [where] noWhen they thought there was no opportunity to fear, the sudden vengeance of God lighted on them.fear was: for God hath scattered theNo matter how great the enemies power is, or fearful the danger, yet God delivers his in due time.bones of him that encampeth [against] thee: thou hast put [them] to shame, because God hath despised them.
6 Oh giue saluation vnto Israel out of Zion: when God turneth the captiuitie of his people, then Iaakob shall reioyce, and Israel shalbe glad.