Psalm 14 and Psalm 53 are almost identical with little differences.

Is there any reason why the same psalm is repeated?

Are these psalms composed by the same author?

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    Interesting question. As a musician, I wonder if they had to change the words a bit to go with a different tune. – Narnian Aug 9 '13 at 13:57

I found this link mentioning their similarity. The writer suggests it may have been an editorial adaptation since they seem to have been written at different times based on the words each uses for God (Psalm 14 = Yahweh, Psalm 53 = Elohim). It could be similar to how some old hymns are currently being updated with modern language to appeal to modern culture. http://truthandpurpose.com/2011/04/the-fool-of-psalm-14/


Wow I never saw this before, great question!

I don't have all the answers but regarding your question "Are these psalms composed by the same author?"

They both state that they are written by David in the header. See here...



One says "A Psalm of David." the other " A Contemplation of David."


Could it be that Psalm 14 addresses the Jewish fool, while Psalm 53 addresses the Gentile fool? In Psalm 53 the psalmist mentions the bones of a fool encamped against God, which seems to suggest a Gentile attack against Jerusalem.

  • Please cite the verses in question to better support your textual point . Welcome to Christianity SE, Brian. Please take the tour and visit the help to see how an SE Q&A site is different from a discussion forum. If you could offer up a supporting point as expressed by a theologian, or a particular school of Christian thought, that would improve this answer. supported answers are what this site calls for. (not saying your insight is wrong, but more about how to best comply with the format on this site). – KorvinStarmast Nov 10 '18 at 17:02

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