Psalm 14:5
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New International Version
But there they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous.

New Living Translation
Terror will grip them, for God is with those who obey him.

English Standard Version
There they are in great terror, for God is with the generation of the righteous.

New American Standard Bible
There they are in great dread, For God is with the righteous generation.

King James Bible
There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then they will be filled with terror, for God is with those who are righteous.

International Standard Version
There they are seized with terror, because God is with those who are righteous.

NET Bible
They are absolutely terrified, for God defends the godly.

New Heart English Bible
There they are utterly terrified, for God is in the generation of the righteous.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
There they were filled with awe, because God is in the generation of the righteous ones.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There they are-panic-stricken because God is with the person who is righteous.

JPS Tanakh 1917
There are they in great fear; For God is with the righteous generation.

New American Standard 1977
There they are in great dread,
            For God is with the righteous generation.

Jubilee Bible 2000
There they were in great fear: for God is with the nation of the righteous.

King James 2000 Bible
There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

American King James Version
There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

American Standard Version
There were they in great fear; For God is in the generation of the righteous.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They have not called upon the Lord: there have they trembled for fear, where there was no fear.

Darby Bible Translation
There were they in great fear; for God is in the generation of the righteous.

English Revised Version
There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

Webster's Bible Translation
There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

World English Bible
There they were in great fear, for God is in the generation of the righteous.

Young's Literal Translation
There they have feared a fear, For God is in the generation of the righteous.
Study Bible
The Fool Says, There is No God
4Do all the workers of wickedness not know, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And do not call upon the Lord? 5There they are in great dread, For God is with the righteous generation. 6You would put to shame the counsel of the afflicted, But the LORD is his refuge.…
Cross References
Psalm 9:20
Put them in fear, O LORD; Let the nations know that they are but men. Selah.

Psalm 73:15
If I had said, "I will speak thus," Behold, I would have betrayed the generation of Your children.

Psalm 112:2
His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed.
Treasury of Scripture

There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

were, etc. Heb. they feared a fear

Psalm 53:5 There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God has scattered …

Exodus 15:16 Fear and dread shall fall on them; by the greatness of your arm they …

Esther 8:7 Then the king Ahasuerus said to Esther the queen and to Mordecai …

Proverbs 1:26,27 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear comes…

Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursues: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

God

Psalm 46:5,7,11 God is in the middle of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help …

Isaiah 8:10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to nothing; speak the word, …

Isaiah 12:6 Cry out and shout, you inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy …

Isaiah 41:10 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

Isaiah 43:1,2 But now thus said the LORD that created you, O Jacob, and he that …

Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, …

the generation

Psalm 22:30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.

Psalm 24:6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek your face, …

Psalm 73:15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the …

Psalm 112:2 His seed shall be mighty on earth: the generation of the upright …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

(5) There were they.--Literally, there they feared a fear, i.e., terror overtook them. Psalms 53 adds, "which was no fear." The local "there" brings the scene before us as in a picture. We see them there before us, these wicked men; there in the midst of their intrigues, or their exactions, or their pleasures, the hand of God seizes them, and lo! they are struck with fear. We evidently have not here any indication by which to fasten on a particular event. Whether the addition in Psalms 53 gives any is discussed there.

For God is.--For the singular variation in Psalms 53 consult Note on Psalm 14:5 of that psalm. The uneasy sense that, after all, the good have God on their side--this general truth is implied in the phrase "generations of the righteous," even if first employed of faithful Israel--is always a cause of fear to the wicked.

Verse 5. - There were they in great fear. "There" - in the midst of their evil-doing, while they are devouring God's people - a sudden terror seizes on them. Psalm 53:5 adds, "Where no fear was," which seems to imply a panic terror, like that which seized the Syrians when they were besieging Samaria (2 Kings 7:6, 7). For God is in the generation of the righteous. God's people cannot be attacked without provoking him; they ere in him, and he in them; he will assuredly come to their relief. There were they in great fear,.... This, shows that they had some knowledge of God, and consciousness of guilt, which they endeavoured to banish out of their minds by their fears of punishment; and these fears men of the most atheistic principles cannot get rid of. In Psalm 53:5 it is added, "where no fear was": that is, any cause or reason for it: such men are often frightened at their own shadows, afraid to be in the dark alone, as Hobbes the atheist was. The wicked flee when no man pursues, and are chased by the sound of a shaken leaf; see Proverbs 28:1; or where there was no fear of God before their eyes, nor on their hearts, as well as no regard to men; or where before there were perfect peace and security, and no apprehension or dread of any calamity, ruin, and destruction;

for God is in the generation of the righteous, or "of the righteous One" (b); which some understood of Jesus Christ the righteous: and though the age or generation in which he lived was a very wicked one, yet God was with him; as was seen by the doctrines he taught, and the miracles he wrought; and which filled the Jews with panic fears, lest the Romans should come and take away their place and nation: but rather this is to be understood of the generation of the saints, who are righteous through the righteousness of Christ, and have the new man in them, which is created in righteousness and true holiness, and live soberly and righteously; these are sometimes called the generation of the upright, and of the children of God, and of them that seek him, Psalm 112:2; in the midst of these God is, among them he affords his gracious presence, and is with them, for their help and assistance against their enemies: and as this makes them fearless of them, it fills their enemies with dread and terror; see Joshua 2:9. The Targum renders it,

"the Word of the Lord is in the generation of the righteous.''

(b) "justi", Montanus, Gejerus. 5 There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

Oppressors have it not all their own way, they have their fits of trembling and their appointed seasons of overthrow. There - where they denied God and hectored against his people; there - where they thought of peace and safety, they were made to quail. "There were they" - these very loud-mouthed, iron-handed, proud-hearted Nimrods and Herods, these heady, high-minded sinners - "there were they in great fear." A panic terror seized them: "they feared a fear," as the Hebrew puts it; an undefinable, horrible, mysterious dread crept over them. The most hardened of men have their periods when conscience casts them into a cold sweat of alarm. As cowards are cruel, so all cruel men are at heart cowards. The ghost of past sin is a terrible spectre to haunt any man, and though unbelievers may boast as loudly as they will, a sound is in their ears which makes them ill at ease.

"For God is in the generation of the righteous." This makes the company of godly men so irksome to the wicked because they perceive that God is with them. Shut their eyes as they may, they cannot but perceive the image of God in the character of his truly gracious people, nor can they fail to see that he works for their deliverance. Like Haman, they instinctively feel a trembling when they see God's Mordecais. Even though the saint may be in a mean position, mourning at the gate where the persecutor rejoices in state, the sinner feels the influence of the believer's true nobility and quails before it, for God is there. Let scoffers beware, for they persecute the Lord Jesus when they molest his people; the union is very close between God and his people, it amounts to a mysterious indwelling, for God is in the generation of the righteous. 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.
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