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Psalm 53

(from Day 10 Evening Prayer)

Dixit insipiens

  1. THE foolish body hath said in his heart: There is no God.
  2. Corrupt are they, and become abominable in their wickedness: there is none that doeth good.
  3. God looked down from heaven upon the children of men: to see if there were any that would understand, and seek after God.
  4. But they are all gone out of the way, they are altogether become abominable: there is also none that doeth good, no not one.
  5. Are not they without understanding, that work wickedness: eating up my people as if they would eat bread? they have not called upon God.
  6. They were afraid where no fear was: for God hath broken the bones of him that besieged thee; thou hast put them to confusion, because God hath despised them.
  7. O that the salvation were given unto Israel out of Sion: O that the Lord would deliver his people out of captivity!
  8. Then should Jacob rejoice: and Israel should be right glad.