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Psalm 14

Denunciation of Godlessness

To the leader. Of David.

1

Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”

They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;

there is no one who does good.

 

2

The Lord looks down from heaven on humankind

to see if there are any who are wise,

who seek after God.

 

3

They have all gone astray, they are all alike perverse;

there is no one who does good,

no, not one.

 

4

Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers

who eat up my people as they eat bread,

and do not call upon the Lord?

 

5

There they shall be in great terror,

for God is with the company of the righteous.

6

You would confound the plans of the poor,

but the Lord is their refuge.

 

7

O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion!

When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,

Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.


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Ps 14:1-7. The practical atheism and total and universal depravity of the wicked, with their hatred to the good, are set forth. Yet, as they dread God's judgments when He vindicates His people, the Psalmist prays for His delivering power.

1. Sinners are termed "fools," because they think and act contrary to right reason (Ge 34:7; Jos 7:15; Ps 39:8; 74:18, 22).

in his heart—to himself (Ge 6:12).

2. looked—in earnest enquiry.

understand—as opposed to "fool" [Ps 14:1].

3. filthy—literally, "spoiled," or, "soured," "corrupted" (Job 15:16; Ro 3:12).

4-6. Their conduct evinces indifference rather than ignorance of God; for when He appears in judgment, they are stricken with great fear.

who eat up my people—to express their beastly fury (Pr 30:14; Hab 3:14). To "call on the Lord" is to worship Him.

7. captivity—denotes any great evil.

Zion—God's abode, from which He revealed His purposes of mercy, as He now does by the Church (compare Ps 3:4; 20:2), and which He rules and in which He does all other things for the good of His people (Eph 1:22).




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