Passage: Psalms 53, 61 (RSV)

Psalms 53

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, "David is in hiding among us."

1The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none that does good.
2God looks down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there are any that are wise, that seek after God.
3They have all fallen away; they are all alike depraved; there is none that does good, no, not one.
4Have those who work evil no understanding, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call upon God?
5There they are, in great terror, in terror such as has not been! For God will scatter the bones of the ungodly; they will be put to shame, for God has rejected them.
6O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion! When God restores the fortunes of his people, Jacob will rejoice and Israel be glad.

Psalms 61

To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

1Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer;
2from the end of the earth I call to thee, when my heart is faint. Lead thou me to the rock that is higher than I;
3for thou art my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.
4Let me dwell in thy tent for ever! Oh to be safe under the shelter of thy wings! [Selah]
5For thou, O God, hast heard my vows, thou hast given me the heritage of those who fear thy name.
6Prolong the life of the king; may his years endure to all generations!
7May he be enthroned for ever before God; bid steadfast love and faithfulness watch over him!
8So will I ever sing praises to thy name, as I pay my vows day after day.

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