Psalm 14:2
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New International Version
The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.

New Living Translation
The LORD looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God.

English Standard Version
The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God.

King James Bible
The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD looks down from heaven on the human race to see if there is one who is wise, one who seeks God.

International Standard Version
The LORD looks down from the heavens upon humanity to see if anyone shows discernment as he searches for God.

NET Bible
The LORD looks down from heaven at the human race, to see if there is anyone who is wise and seeks God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah looked out from Heaven upon the children of men to see if there is any of understanding and seeking God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD looks down from heaven on Adam's descendants to see if there is anyone who acts wisely, if there is anyone who seeks help from God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men to see if there were any that did understand and seek God.

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

American King James Version
The LORD looked down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

American Standard Version
Jehovah looked down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there were any that did understand, That did seek after God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord hath looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there be any that understand and seek God.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah looked down from the heavens upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

English Revised Version
The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek after God.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

World English Bible
Yahweh looked down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there were any who did understand, who did seek after God.

Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah from the heavens Hath looked on the sons of men, To see if there is a wise one -- seeking God.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:1-7 A description of the depravity of human nature, and the deplorable corruption of a great part of mankind. - The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. The sinner here described is an atheist, one that saith there is no Judge or Governor of the world, no Providence ruling over the affairs of men. He says this in his heart. He cannot satisfy himself that there is none, but wishes there were none, and pleases himself that it is possible there may be none; he is willing to think there is none. This sinner is a fool; he is simple and unwise, and this is evidence of it: he is wicked and profane, and this is the cause. The word of God is a discerner of these thoughts. No man will say, There is no God, till he is so hardened in sin, that it is become his interest that there should be none to call him to an account. The disease of sin has infected the whole race of mankind. They are all gone aside, there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Whatever good is in any of the children of men, or is done by them, it is not of themselves, it is God's work in them. They are gone aside from the right way of their duty, the way that leads to happiness, and are turned into the paths of the destroyer. Let us lament the corruption of our nature, and see what need we have of the grace of God: let us not marvel that we are told we must be born again. And we must not rest in any thing short of union with Christ, and a new creation to holiness by his Spirit. The psalmist endeavours to convince sinners of the evil and danger of their way, while they think themselves very wise, and good, and safe. Their wickedness is described. Those that care not for God's people, for God's poor, care not for God himself. People run into all manner of wickedness, because they do not call upon God for his grace. What good can be expected from those that live without prayer? But those that will not fear God, may be made to fear at the shaking of a leaf. All our knowledge of the depravity of human nature should endear to us salvation out of Zion. But in heaven alone shall the whole company of the redeemed rejoice fully, and for evermore. The world is bad; oh that the Messiah would come and change its character! There is universal corruption; oh for the times of reformation! The triumphs of Zion's King will be the joys of Zion's children. The second coming of Christ, finally to do away the dominion of sin and Satan, will be the completing of this salvation, which is the hope, and will be the joy of every Israelite indeed. With this assurance we should comfort ourselves and one another, under the sins of sinners and sufferings of saints.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2 - The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men. Corruption having reached such a height as it had, God, is represented as looking down from heaven with a special object - to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. To see, i.e., if among the crowd of the "abominable" doers spoken of in ver. 1 there were any of a better spirit, and possessed of understanding, and willing to seek after God. But it was in vain. The result of his scrutiny appears in the next verse.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men,.... As he did when all flesh had corrupted its way, and before he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly, Genesis 6:12. This is said in direct opposition to the atheistic thoughts and reasonings of wicked men, in Psalm 14:1. There is a God, and he takes notice of the children of men, and of what is done by them; though his throne is in the heavens, and his dwelling there, yet he looks down from thence, and takes cognizance of all human affairs. This must be understood consistent with the omniscience and omnipresence of God; it is an anthropopathy, or a speaking after the manner of men; and denotes the exact notice which God takes, and distinct observation he makes, and the perfect and accurate knowledge he has of men and their actions; see Genesis 11:5;

to see if there were any that did understand: not things natural, civil, and moral, but things spiritual as the Apostle Paul interprets the words, Romans 3:11. For though man has not lost the natural faculty of his understanding, and may have an understanding of the things of nature, yet not of the things of God, until a supernatural light is put into him; not any spiritual experimental knowledge of God in Christ, nor of the way of salvation by Christ, nor of the work of the Spirit of God upon the heart, nor of the doctrines of the Gospel, nor any true sight and sense of his own state and condition;

and seek God; that is, "after God"; as the apostle in the same place explains it; after the knowledge of him and his ways, and communion with him; after the things of God, his interest and his glory: they do not seek after him in prayer, or by an attendance on his worship and ordinances; at least with their whole hearts, earnestly, diligently, constantly, and in the first place; nor do they seek after him in Christ, where he is only to be found; nor under the influence, and with the assistance of the blessed Spirit.

The Treasury of David

2 The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one

"The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men." As from a watchtower, or other elevated place of observation, the Lord is represented as gazing intently upon men. He will not punish blindly, nor like a tyrant command an indiscriminate massacre because a rumour of rebellion has come up to his ears. What condescending interest and impartial justice are here imagined! The case of Sodom, visited before it was overthrown, illustrates the careful manner in which Divine Justice beholds the sin before it avenges it, and searches out the righteous that they perish not with the guilty. Behold then the eyes of Omniscience ransacking the globe, and prying among every people and nation, "to see if there were any that did understand and seek God." He who is looking down knows the good, is quick to discern it, would be delighted to find it; but as he views all the unregenerate children of men his search is fruitless, for of all the race of Adam, no unrenewed soul is other than an enemy to God and goodness. The objects of the Lord's search are not wealthy men, great men, or learned men; these, with all they can offer, cannot meet the demands of the great Governor: at the same time, he is not looking for superlative eminence in virtue, he seeks for any that understand themselves, their state, their duty, their destiny, their happiness; he looks for any that seek God, who, if there be a God, are willing and anxious to find him out. Surely this is not too great a matter to expect; for if men have not yet known God, if they have any right understanding, they will seek him. Alas! even this low degree of good is not to be found even by him who sees all things; but men love the hideous negation of "No God," and with their backs to their Creator, who is the sun of their life, they journey into the dreary region of unbelief and alienation, which is a land of darkness as darkness itself, and of the shadow of death without any order and where the light is as darkness.

"They are all gone aside." Without exception, all men have apostatized from the Lord their Maker, from his laws, and from the eternal principles of right. Like stubborn heifers they have sturdily refused to receive the yoke, like errant sheep they have found a gap and left the right field. The original speaks of the race as a whole, as a totality; and humanity as a whole has become depraved in heart and defiled in life. "They have altogether become filthy;" as a whole they are spoiled and soured like corrupt leaven, or, as some put it, they have become putrid and even stinking. The only reason why we do not more clearly see this foulness is because we are accustomed to it, just as those who work daily among offensive odours at last cease to smell them. The miller does not observe the noise of his own mill, and we are slow to discover our own ruin and depravity. But are there no special cases, are all men sinful? "Yes," says the Psalmist, in a manner not to be mistaken, "they are." He has put it positively, he repeats it negatively, "There is none that doeth good, no, not one." The Hebrew phrase is an utter denial concerning any mere man that he of himself doeth good. What can be more sweeping? This is the verdict of the all-seeing Jehovah, who cannot exaggerate or mistake. As if no hope of finding a solitary specimen of a good man among the unrenewed human family might be harboured for an instant. The Holy Spirit is not content with saying all and altogether, but adds the crushing threefold negative, "none, no, not one." What say the opponents to the doctrine of natural depravity to this? Rather what do we feel concerning it? Do we not confess that we by nature are corrupt, and do we not bless the sovereign grace which has renewed us in the spirit of our minds, that sin may no more have dominion over us, but that grace may rule and reign?

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. looked—in earnest enquiry.

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

Psalm 14:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Fool Says, There is No God
1For the choir director. A Psalm of David. The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good. 2The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God. 3They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.…
Cross References
Genesis 18:21
that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know."

1 Chronicles 22:19
Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the LORD."

Psalm 33:13
From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind;

Psalm 33:14
from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth--

Psalm 92:6
Senseless people do not know, fools do not understand,

Psalm 102:19
"The LORD looked down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he viewed the earth,

Jeremiah 8:6
I have listened attentively, but they do not say what is right. None of them repent of their wickedness, saying, "What have I done?" Each pursues their own course like a horse charging into battle.
Treasury of Scripture

The LORD looked down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

The Lord

Psalm 33:13,14 The LORD looks from heaven; he beholds all the sons of men…

Psalm 102:19,20 For he has looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven …

Genesis 6:12 And God looked on the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all …

Genesis 11:5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children …

Genesis 18:21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according …

Isaiah 63:15 Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of your holiness …

Isaiah 64:1 Oh that you would rend the heavens, that you would come down, that …

Lamentations 3:50 Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven.

any

Psalm 82:5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: …

Psalm 107:43 Whoever is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand …

Proverbs 2:9 Then shall you understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; …

Proverbs 8:5 O you simple, understand wisdom: and, you fools, be you of an understanding …

Proverbs 9:4,16 Whoever is simple, let him turn in here: as for him that wants understanding, …

Isaiah 27:11 When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the …

Jeremiah 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are silly …

Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked …

Matthew 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of …

Romans 3:11 There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God.

seek

Psalm 69:32 The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.

2 Chronicles 19:3 Nevertheless there are good things found in you, in that you have …

2 Chronicles 30:19 That prepares his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers…

Isaiah 8:19 And when they shall say to you, Seek to them that have familiar spirits, …

Isaiah 55:6 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near:

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes …

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