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.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD looked down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there were any who did understand, who did seek after 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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The LORD looked forth from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there were any man of understanding, that did seek after God.

New American Standard 1977
The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men,
            To see if there are any who understand,
            Who seek after 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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
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
"I will go down now, and see if they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know."

1 Chronicles 22:19
"Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise, therefore, and build the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the holy vessels of God into the house that is to be built for the name of the LORD."

Psalm 33:13
The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men;

Psalm 33:14
From His dwelling place He looks out On all the inhabitants of the earth,

Psalm 92:6
A senseless man has no knowledge, Nor does a stupid man understand this:

Psalm 102:19
For He looked down from His holy height; From heaven the LORD gazed upon the earth,

Jeremiah 8:6
"I have listened and heard, They have spoken what is not right; No man repented of his wickedness, Saying, 'What have I done?' Everyone turned to his course, Like a horse charging into the 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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