Psalm 53 is nearly identical to Psalm 14 (see this previous post). The biggest difference appears to be that verse 5 in this psalm is a combination of verses 5-6 of Psalm 14. But there are subtle differences, which some explain as Psalm 53 being adapted for different occasion – and the word “”Elohiym” (God) is used in this psalm instead of Jehovah (YHWH) in the former. Both begin with the familiar phrase, “the fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”
Both of these short hymns express grief that man does not in general seek the Lord, and that God’s people are often persecuted by those who do not believe. As verse 3 states:
They have all fallen away;
together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.
Paul revisits this sentiment in another light in Romans 3:10-12:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
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