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Psalm 14 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

To the director: A song of David.

14 Only fools think there is no God.
    People like that are evil and do terrible things.
    They never do what is right.

The Lord looks down from heaven
    to see if there is anyone who is wise,
    anyone who looks to him for help.
But everyone has gone the wrong way.
    Everyone has turned bad.
No one does anything good.
    No, not one person!

Those who are evil treat my people like bread to be eaten.
    And they never ask for the Lord’s help.
    Don’t they know what they are doing?
They will have plenty to fear,
    because God is with those who do what is right.
You wicked people want to spoil the hopes of the poor,
    but the Lord will protect them.

I wish the one who lives on Mount Zion
    would bring victory to Israel!
When the Lord makes his people successful again,
    the people of Jacob will be happy;
    the people of Israel will be glad.

Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

Copyright © 2006 by Bible League International

Psalm 14 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 14

For the director of music. Of David.

The fool[a] says in his heart,
    “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
    there is no one who does good.

The Lord looks down from heaven
    on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
    any who seek God.
All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
    there is no one who does good,
    not even one.

Do all these evildoers know nothing?

They devour my people as though eating bread;
    they never call on the Lord.
But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
    for God is present in the company of the righteous.
You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
    but the Lord is their refuge.

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
    When the Lord restores his people,
    let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 14:1 The Hebrew words rendered fool in Psalms denote one who is morally deficient.
New International Version (NIV)

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