53:1(To the chief Musician upon a Mahalath, Maschil, [A
Psalm] of David.) The fool hath said in his heart, [There
is] b no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable
iniquity: [there is] none that doeth good.
(a) Which was an instrument or king of note.
(b) Whereas no regard is had for honesty or dishonesty, for
virtue nor for vice, there the prophet pronounces that
the people have no God.
53:2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to
see if there were [any] that did understand, that did c
(c) By which he condemns all knowledge and understanding
that tends not to seek God.
53:4 Have the d workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up
my people [as] they eat bread: they have not called upon
(d) David pronounces God's vengeance against cruel
governors who having charge to defend and preserve
God's people, cruelly devour them.
53:5 There were they in great fear, [where] no e fear was: for
God hath scattered the f bones of him that encampeth
[against] thee: thou hast put [them] to shame, because God
hath despised them.
(e) When they thought there was no opportunity to fear, the
sudden vengeance of God lighted on them.
(f) No matter how great the enemies power is, or fearful
the danger, yet God delivers his in due time.