Psalm 53

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Psalm 53 is the 53rd psalm from the Book of Psalms. 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.


  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