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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 53

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A Lament over Widespread Corruption

1For the leader; according to Mahalath. A maskilof David.

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2Fools say in their hearts, w 53, 2–6a: Ps 14, 1–5a . There is no God.” x Pss 10, 4; 36, 2; Is 32, 6; Jer 5, 12 . Their deeds are loathsome and corrupt; not one does what is right. 3God looks down from heaven upon the human race, y Pss 11, 4; 102, 20 . To see if even one is wise, z 53, 2b–3: Rom 3, 11–12 . if even one seeks God. 4All have gone astray; all alike are perverse. Not one does what is right, not even one. a Ps 12, 2 .

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5Will these evildoers never learn? They devour my people as they devour bread; b Ps 27, 2; Is 9, 11 . they do not call upon God. c Ps 79, 6 . 6They have good reason to fear, though now they do not fear. For God will certainly scatter the bones of the godless. They will surely be put to shame, for God has rejected them.

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7Oh, that from Zion might come the deliverance of Israel, That Jacob may rejoice and Israel be glad d Ps 85, 2 . when God restores the people!

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w: 53, 2–6a: Ps 14, 1–5a .

x: Pss 10, 4; 36, 2; Is 32, 6; Jer 5, 12 .

y: Pss 11, 4; 102, 20 .

z: 53, 2b–3: Rom 3, 11–12 .

a: Ps 12, 2 .

b: Ps 27, 2; Is 9, 11 .

c: Ps 79, 6 .

d: Ps 85, 2 .

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