1 [To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.] The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt. They have done abominable works. There is no one who does good.
2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men to see if there were any who understood and sought God.
3 They have all gone aside. They have all together become filthy. There is no one who does good, not even one.
4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the LORD?
5 There they were in great fear, for God is in the generation of the righteous.
6 You have shamed the counsel of the poor because the LORD is his refuge.
7 Oh that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD brings back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice and Israel shall be glad.
John Calvin's Chapter Summary:
In the beginning the Psalmist describes the wicked contempt of God into which almost the whole people had broken forth. To give the greater weight to his complaint, he represents God himself as uttering it. Afterwards he comforts himself and others with the hope of a remedy, which he assures himself God will very soon provide, although, in the meantime, he groans and feels deep distress at the disorder which he beholds.
[v.1] - Reference, Psalm 53:1; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:10, 19, 23; Galatians 3:22.