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14. Psalm 14

1The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.

They are corrupt, they have done abominable works;

There is none that doeth good.

2Jehovah looked down from heaven upon the children of men,

To see if there were any that did understand,

That did seek after God.

3They are all gone aside; they are together become filthy;

There is none that doeth good, no, not one.

4Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge,

Who eat up my people as they eat bread,

And call not upon Jehovah?

5There were they in great fear;

For God is in the generation of the righteous.

6Ye put to shame the counsel of the poor,

Because Jehovah is his refuge.

7Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion!

When Jehovah bringeth back the captivity of his people,

Then shall Jacob rejoice, and Israel shall 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).