The Message

Psalm 14

A David Psalm

1Bilious and bloated, they gas,
    “God is gone.”
Their words are poison gas,
    fouling the air; they poison
Rivers and skies;
    thistles are their cash crop.

God sticks his head out of heaven.
    He looks around.
He’s looking for someone not stupid—
    one man, even, God-expectant,
    just one God-ready woman.

He comes up empty. A string
    of zeros. Useless, unshepherded
Sheep, taking turns pretending
    to be Shepherd.
The ninety and nine
    follow their fellow.

Don’t they know anything,
    all these impostors?
Don’t they know
    they can’t get away with this—
Treating people like a fast-food meal
    over which they’re too busy to pray?

5-6 Night is coming for them, and nightmares,
    for God takes the side of victims.
Do you think you can mess
    with the dreams of the poor?
You can’t, for God
    makes their dreams come true.

Is there anyone around to save Israel?
    Yes. God is around; God turns life around.
Turned-around Jacob skips rope,
    turned-around Israel sings laughter.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

诗篇 14

世人的邪恶

大卫的诗,交给乐长。

1愚昧人心里想:“没有上帝。”
他们全然败坏,行为邪恶,
无人行善。
耶和华从天上俯视人间,
看有没有明智者,
有没有寻求上帝的人。
人们都偏离正路,
一同堕落;
没有人行善,
一个也没有!
恶人吞吃我的百姓如同吃饭,
他们不求告耶和华。
难道他们无知吗?
但他们终必充满恐惧,
因为上帝站在义人当中。
你们恶人使困苦人的计划落空,
但耶和华是他们的避难所。
愿以色列的拯救来自锡安!
耶和华救回祂被掳的子民时,
雅各要欢欣,以色列要快乐。