1 (A psalm by David for the music leader.) Only a fool would say, "There is no God!" People like that are worthless; they are heartless and cruel and never do right.
2 From heaven the LORD looks down to see if anyone is wise enough to search for him.
3 But all of them are corrupt; no one does right.
4 Won't you evil people learn? You refuse to pray, and you gobble down the LORD's people.
5 But you will be frightened, because God is on the side of every good person.
6 You may spoil the plans of the poor, but the LORD protects them.
7 I long for someone from Zion to come and save Israel! Our LORD, when you bless your people again, Jacob's family will be glad, and Israel will celebrate.
The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
Selected texts provided for use with the Amos: Hypertext Bible Commentary