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To the chief Musician upon Mahalath, Maschil, A Psalm of David. 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.
God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.
There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

53:3 none that doeth good. Compare Psalm 14, which is practically the same as Psalm 53.

Psalm 54 (title) Maschil. The superscript indicates this to be a maschil psalm, and that David wrote it as a result of the inhospitable treatment he received by the inhabitants of Ziph, south of Israel, as he was fleeing from Saul (I Samuel 23:19-24; 26:1-2). It is both a prayer for help against those who persecute believers and a testimony of confidence that God will indeed deliver them.

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