The Bible – Old Testament
1 For the leader. Of David. 2 Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” Their deeds are loathsome and corrupt; not one does what is right.
The LORD looks down from heaven upon the human race, To see if even one is wise, if even one seeks God.
All have gone astray; all alike are perverse. Not one does what is right, not even one.
Will these evildoers never learn? They devour my people as they devour bread; they do not call upon the LORD.
They have good reason, then, to fear; God is with the company of the just.
They would crush the hopes of the poor, but the poor have the LORD as their refuge.
3 Oh, that from Zion might come the deliverance of Israel, That Jacob may rejoice, and Israel be glad when the LORD restores his people!
1 [Psalm 14] The lament (duplicated in Psalm 53) depicts the world as consisting of two types of people: “the fools” (= the wicked, ⇒ Psalm 14:1-3) and “the company of the just” (⇒ Psalm 14:4-6; also called “my people,” and “the poor”). The wicked persecute the just, but the psalm expresses the hope that God will punish the wicked and reward the good.
2  Fools: literally, “the fool.” The singular is used typically, hence the plural translation.
3  Israel . . . Jacob . . . his people: the righteous poor are identified with God’s people.