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– photo by Mitch Waxman

The “Psalm 53, verse 3” which is referred to in the graffiti scrawl above, as recently observed, is offered by the King James variant of the Bible as: “Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that does good, no, not one.”

A passing truck blotted out the background of the scene, and although it is a little hard to make out, the writer included an affirmation of love for the christian godhead just below the main credo.


Hoodoo psychic readers, spirit workers and root doctors who recite Psalms on behalf of clients may work with Psalm 53 during altar work and prayers to protect the client from enemies, both known and unknown. If the client is beset by enemies, this Psalm can be used to keep them safe.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

After the truck passed, it becomes- to careful observers- obvious that this lamp post is on Greenpoint Avenue in Brooklyn, and one begins to wonder about an intended contextual meaning for the scrawl.

Just for the heck of it, here’s the way that the whole 53rd Psalm reads, and most biblical scholars indicate that the legendary King David was the author- although most agree that David probably just got credit for it.

To him that presides upon Machalath; an instructive Psalm of David.

  1. The fool has said in his heart, There is no god. They are corrupt, they have done abominable iniquity; there is none that does good.
  2. God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of man, to see if there were any that is intelligent, that seeks god.
  3. Every one is gone back; together are they become corrupt: there is none that does good, not even one.
  4. Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon god?
  5. Then shall they, who had no fear, be greatly afraid; for god will scatter the bones of them that encamp against you; you shall put them to shame, because god has rejected them.
  6. O that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When god shall bring back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

from over at, where they’ve got a few different interpretations of what these apparent song lyrics mean, as well as differing translations of the thing.

53:1-6 The corruption of man by nature. – This psalm is almost the same as the 14th. The scope of it is to convince us of our sins. God, by the psalmist, here shows us how bad we are, and proves this by his own certain knowledge. He speaks terror to persecutors, the worst of sinners. He speaks encouragement to God’s persecuted people. How comes it that men are so bad?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

As mentioned, this missive adorned a lamp post on Greenpoint Avenue, one which is directly across the street from the high temple of Cloacina, known to most as the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

One wonders, and more than wonders…


What does “Mahalath” (or, actually, “Machalath”) mean?  It could be an instrument, or even a dance, for E.W. Bullinger associates the term with the Hebrew word mecholoth, which refers to dances (Judges 21:21; Psalm 149:3; 150:4), and Bullinger speculates that this Psalm relates to David’s dance after God had brought David through difficulties.  Jewish and Christian interpreters have related the term to the Hebrew word machalah, which means “sickness”

Written by Mitch Waxman

December 22, 2011 at 4:02 am

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