Psalm 53: Foolish Thinking

Saying there is no God is foolish—is that ignorant or stupid? Why?

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Psalm 53:1 To the minister of music, a song of David.
Only fools would say in their hearts, There is no God. Their thinking is wrapped in self-deceit, because they love their sin and don’t want to do what is right.
King James
Psalm 53:1 <To the chief Musician upon Mahalath, Maschil, A Psalm of David.> The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

In seeking God, how important is recognizing our need for him?

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Psalm 53:2 God looked down from above to see if any people understood their need and would seek him.
King James
Psalm 53:2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

What does it mean to “turn away” from God?

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Psalm 53:3 They have all turned away, corrupt to the core. Without exception, none were doing good.
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Psalm 53:3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

How much are wicked people aware that their deeds are wrong?

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Psalm 53:4 Don’t these evildoers know better? They devour people like the starving eat bread, seeing no need to call upon God.
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Psalm 53:4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.

Why do people walk where angels fear to tread?

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Psalm 53:5 Having had no fear, they were overwhelmed with fear as God scattered the bones of his enemies, putting them to shame, because God despised the evildoers.
King James
Psalm 53:5 There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.

What brings sinners to the Lord? Under what circumstances would they never come?

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Psalm 53:6 Oh that salvation would come to Israel out of Mount Zion. When God brings restoration, Jacob’s people will rejoice, and the nation will celebrate.
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Psalm 53:6 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.