Psalm 53

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Psalm 53 is the 53rd psalm from the Book of Psalms. In the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 52 in a slightly different numbering system.


It is the Elohistic Psalter's version of Psalm 14.[1] Nearly identical to Psalm 14, which prophetically refers to the destruction of the First Temple, this one refers to the destruction of the second.[2] Like Psalm 14, it is quoted in Paul the Apostle's Epistle to the Romans, where Paul uses portions as a base to discuss original sin.


New Testament[edit]

Verse 1-3 is quoted in Romans 3:10-12[3]


  1. ^ Jewish Publication Society (2014) "Psalms" (note on Psalm 53) in Adele Berlin and Marc Zvi Brettler (eds.) The Jewish Study Bible (second edition). New York: Oxford University Press.
  2. ^ The Artscroll Tehillim page 110
  3. ^ Kirkpatrick, A. F. (1901). The Book of Psalms: with Introduction and Notes. The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. Book IV and V: Psalms XC-CL. Cambridge: At the University Press. p. 839. Retrieved February 28, 2019.

External links[edit]

  • Psalm 53 in Hebrew and English - Mechon-mamre
  • Psalm 53 King James Bible - Wikisource