“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 53, “The Fool,” A Psalm of David

Christian Living

Jesus, The Messiah, The Holy One

“Emmanuel” Norman Hutchins

Psalm 53 is a recasting of Psalm 14 with only slight differences, particularly in the ending.  Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary.

Iniquity – Wickedness, Vice

“The Fool,” Psalm 53:1) 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.  Psalm 10:4; Romans 3:10.  2) GOD Looked Down From Heaven Upon The Children Of Men, To See If There Were Any That Did Understand, That Did SEEK GOD.  3) Every one of them is gone back:  they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  Ezekiel 7:29.

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible –  The fool hath said in his heart, [there is] no GOD  The Targum adds, “of WHOM is revenge”; or there is no GOD to punish and avenge the wicked;  corrupt are they;  the Chaldee paraphrase is, “the wicked have corrupted their ways”; as all flesh had done in the old world, ( Genesis 6:12 ) ;  and have done abominable iniquity;  iniquity is the abominable thing that God hates, and makes men abominable in his sight; in ( Psalms 11:1 ) , it is read, “abominable worlds”: the Targum paraphrases the words, “they are far from good, for iniquity is found in them”; see ( Revelation 21:8 Revelation 21:27 ) ;  [there is] none that doeth good; (See Gill on Psalms 14:1).  v2,   GOD Looked Down From Heaven upon the children of men  In ( Psalms 14:2 ) , it is read, “THE LORD” or “JEHOVAH”; in everything else there is an agreement in this verse; (See Gill on Psalms 14:2);  to see if there were [any] that did understand;  the Targum is, “that were understanding” in The Law; it doubtless means understanding in DIVINE AND SPIRITUAL THINGS;  that did seek GOD;  the above paraphrase is, “seeking Doctrine from before THE LORD”.  v3, Every one of them is gone back  From GOD, AND THE WAY OF HIS COMMANDMENTS. In           ( Psalms 14:3 ) , it is, “they are all gone aside”; (See Gill on Psalms 14:3);  they are altogether become filthy; [there is] none that doeth good,  no, not one.  What follows in this verse is the same as ( Psalms 14:3 ) .

Quest Study Bible –  v1-6, SCRIPTURE LINK “The fool says in his heart,”   The same thoughts can be found in 14:1-7.  v1-6, “Why are some Verses repeated in Scripture?”   The Psalm seems to be a repetition and revision of Psalm 14.  One difference—GOD is used in place of LORD—leads some to believe this Psalm was written a few centuries later, possibly during the reign of Hezekiah.  By that time many regarded YAHWEH (LORD) As More Than Just THE GOD Of Israel.  Others, however, wonder if David may have made slight revisions so the Psalm could be used for another occasion or with different music.  Whatever the reason, the result is that THE TRUTH Is Emphasized.  See “Why repeat these Verses, almost Word for Word?”  (2 Kings 14:15-16) and “Why is this information repeated?”  (Jeremiah 52:1-24).  

Quest Study Bible – v3, “Everyone?”  Yes, everyone.  Even those who try to do right and obey GOD’S COMMANDS fail sooner or later.  Sin has been part of human nature since Adam and Eve.  We all Turn Away From GOD, since by nature we are Corrupt.  THAT IS WHY WE NEED A SAVIOR.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – The Corruption Of Man By Nature.  This Psalm is almost the same as the 14th.  The scope of It is to convince us or our sins.  GOD, By The Psalmist, Here Shows Us How Bad We Are, And Proves This By HIS OWN CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE.  HE SPEAKS Terror To Persecutors, the worst of sinners.  HE SPEAKS Encouragement To GOD’S Persecuted People.  How comes it that men are so bad?  Because there is no FEAR OF GOD before their eyes.  Men’s bad practices flow from their bad principles; if they profess to Know GOD, yet in works, because in thoughts, they Deny HIM.  See the folly of sin; he is a fool, In The Account Of GOD, WHOSE JUDGMENT, We Are Sure Is RIGHT, (Yet we) harbor such Corrupt Thoughts.  And see the Fruit of Sin; to what it brings men, when their hearts are hardened through The Deceitfulness of Sin.  See Also THE FAITH Of The Saints, and their Hope and Power as to the Cure of this great evil.  THERE WILL COME A SAVIOR, A GREAT SALVATION, A SALVATION FROM SIN.  GOD WILL SAVE HIS CHURCH FROM ITS ENEMIES.  HE WILL SAVE ALL BELIEVERS FROM THEIR OWN SINS, THAT THEY MAY NOT BE LED CAPTIVE BY THEM, AND THIS WILL BE EVERLASTING JOY TO THEM.  FROM THIS WORK THE REDEEMER HAD HIS NAME JESUS, FOR HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS, Matthew 1:21.  Amen.

Matthew 1:21) And she shall bring forth a SON, and thou shalt call HIS NAME JESUS:  FOR HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.  Genesis 49:10.  Amen.  


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